Laffan Refinery to get region’s first DHT facility

March 27, 2014 - 8:59:28 am

DOHA: The Laffan Refinery 2 (LR2) is designed to the highest international criteria to meet the most stringent environmental standards. With the commissioning of the under construction Diesel Hydrotreater (DHT) on April 30, Qatar will be the first country in the region to have such an ‘enviornment-friendly’ facility.

Under the patronage of the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the foundation stone for the LR2 will be laid on April 1. H E Dr Mohamed Bin Saleh Al Sada, the Minister of Energy and Industry, who is also the Chairman of Qatar Petroleum, will attend the event. 

“The facility will have reduced emissions in terms of CO2, nitrogen oxides and sulphur oxides with zero flaring during normal operations,” Salman Ashkanani, Chief Operating Officer, Refinery Ventures-Qatargas said during a media familiarissation trip to LR1 and the proposed project site of LR2. He said all products from LR2 will be hydrotreated to reduce the content of sulfur, meeting most stringent quality standards. It is designed for zero water disposal, means no waste water into the sea.

Salman said Qatar would be the first country in the region to introduce the eco-friendly DHT. The $200m project is designed to process light gasoil from LR1 and LR2. The DHT facility has a design capacity to process 54,000 barrels per stream day (BPSD).

“The under construction DHT is expected to be operational by April 30. The low sulfur gasoil produced will serve domestic demand and contributes to Qatar becoming self-sufficient in transport fuels. It will have the capacity to process 54,000 BPSD”, he said.

The refined products of LR2 include 71,000 BPSD Naphtha, 60,800 BPSD kerosene, 27,000 BPSD gasoil and 850 tonnes per day of LPG, in addition to Butane and Propane.

On the sources of condensate feed stock, Salman said: “In addition to Qatargas, the Laffan Refinery captures synergies and opportunities from the development of the North Field and various other Ras Laffan City ventures including RasGas, Al-Khaleej Gas and Barzan project scheduled to start operations from 4Q2014.”

The media team also visited the Gantry facility which was constructed by Qatargas and handed over to Woqod (Qatar Fuel) for operation. The Gantry facility is the point from which Laffan Refinery products are delivered to the local market by truck and pipeline. 

The engineering, procurement and construction contracts for LR2 were awarded in April 2013 and the works are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016. An estimated 3,500 to 4,000 people are expected to be employed at peak phase of LR2 construction. The Peninsula

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