DOHA: Qatar Chemical Company (Q-Chem) and Gasal have signed a long-term pipeline network agreement, a strategic deal under which Gasal will supply the necessary nitrogen for the Ras Laffan Olefins Company (RLOC) ethylene cracker in Ras Laffan Industrial City, said a press statement yesterday.
Gasal, a joint venture involving Qatar Intermediate Industries Company Ltd (Alwaseeta), Qatar Industrial Manufacturing Company (QIMC), and the French industrial gas company Air Liquide, has been supplying RLOC with nitrogen since 2009 using a dedicated unit situated at the RLOC premises. According to the new agreement, Gasal will connect RLOC through its pipeline network.
The Gasal network in Ras Laffan includes 35 kilometers of oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen pipelines connected with multiple sources for the benefit of Gasal’s customers, providing them with flexibility and reliability of supply.
Gasal currently supplies industrial gases to major companies in the industrial cities of Mesaieed and Ras Laffan, where its plans for future expansion are progressing in the downstream development area.
Operated by Qatar Chemical Company II Ltd. (Q-Chem II) on behalf of its partners, RLOC manufactures ethylene, a feedstock used at Q-Chem II and Qatofin complexes in Mesaieed.
“We are pleased with this agreement as it extends operational synergies and marks a new phase in energy consumption efficiency in our facility,” said Ahmed Ibrahim Al Emadi, Q-Chem General Manager. He added, “This will also help enhance our reliability and operational safety.”
This is an important step for Gasal as its first gas customer in Ras Laffan will now benefit from the full added value of the company’s pipeline supply.
Manuel Binoist, CEO of Gasal, said: “We are proud of this agreement as pipeline supply improves the flexibility, the reliability and safety of RLOC, our long-time partner and one of our key customers.”
He added that, in compliance with its mission, “Gasal is proud to help the competiveness and the growth of Qatari companies in line with Qatar National Vision 2030.”