QATAR PETROLEUM CONSTRUCTS WORLD’S LARGEST LNG PROJECT EVER
Qatar Petroleum took the final investment decision for developing the North Field East Project (NFE), the world’s largest LNG project, which will raise Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 77 million tons per annum (MMTPA) to 110 MMTPA.
In addition to LNG, the project will produce condensate, LPG, ethane, sulfur and helium. It is expected to start production in the fourth quarter of 2025 and its total production will reach about 1.4 million barrels oil equivalent per day.
The main scope of the EPC contract is the construction of 4 mega LNG trains with a capacity of 8 MMTPA each, with associated facilities for gas treatment, natural gas liquids recovery, as well as helium extraction and refining within Ras Laffan Industrial City.
In addition to the CCS scheme, the NFE project will have a number of elements that provide this project with a unique positive environmental proposition, such as:
• a significant portion of the project’s electrical power needs will be provided from Qatar’s national power grid, and Qatar Petroleum is in the process of procuring such power from the 800 megawatt solar power plant currently under construction in Al-Kharsaah, in addition to a further 800 megawatts of solar power which Qatar Petroleum will construct in the near future as part of its plans to have a solar power portfolio of more than 4,000 megawatts by 2030;
• a ‘jetty boil-off gas’ recovery system, which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by approximately a further 1 MMTPA of CO2 equivalent;
• the project will conserve 10.7 million cubic meters of water per year by recovering 75% of the plant’s tertiary water;
• NOx emissions will be reduced by 40% through the application of enhanced Dry Low NOx technology.
The NFE project represents the first phase of LNG expansion in the State of Qatar, while the second phase, referred to as the North Field South Project (NFS), will further increase Qatar’s LNG production capacity from 110 MMTPA to 126 MMTPA. With an expected production start date in 2027, the NFS project involves the construction of two additional mega LNG trains (with a capacity of 8 MMTPA each) and associated offshore and onshore facilities. The NFS project was initiated as a result of Qatar Petroleum’s successful onshore appraisal activities in the North Field and targets the monetization of gas from the southern sector of the North Field. As these appraisal activities continue, Qatar Petroleum is evaluating further LNG capacity expansions beyond 126 MMTPA.
(Source: Qatar Petroleum)
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