QP: Laffan Refinery 2 due for operation by Q3 2016

The facility will increase Laffan Refinery's overall processing capacity to 292,000 b/ld by adding an additional 146,000 b/sd (barrels per stream day)

The facility will increase Laffan Refinery’s overall processing capacity to 292,000 b/ld by adding an additional 146,000 b/sd (barrels per stream day).
The facility will increase Laffan Refinery’s overall processing capacity to 292,000 b/ld by adding an additional 146,000 b/sd (barrels per stream day).

Laffan Refinery 2 (LR2) is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2016, according to Qatar Petroleum's (QP) annual report.

This facility will increase Laffan Refinery’s overall processing capacity to 292,000 b/ld by adding an additional 146,000 b/sd (barrels per stream day).

Laffan Refinery 1 (LR1), Qatar’s first condensate refinery, commenced production in September 2009. The shareholders of LR2 are QP (84%), Total (10%), Idemitsu (2.0%), Cosmo (2.0%), Mitsui (1.0%) and Marubeni (1.0%).

During 2014, it was the GCC countries who constituted the major destinations for gasoline, decanted oil (DCO) and straight run fuel oil (SRFO), while naphtha was exported to petrochemical plants in Japan.

QP’s annual report stated that total export of QP refineries’ refined products amounted to 1,213.057 metric tonnes against the planned export volume of 1,084,000 metric tonnes in 2014, with the major international customers being Marubeni, PetroChina, Bakri, Vitol, Shell and Totsa.

The report noted that in 2015, Oryx GTL will continue to focus on optimising stability of the plant and increasing the average production volumes, while controlling and reducing the unit cost. As set out in Qatar National vision 2030, the company will continue to study and implement business opportunities that add value to its shareholders and contribute towards the strategic objectives of the country.

Included in QP’s future plans and investments in the petroleum and infrastructure sector are strategic storage tanks for Qatar (2015-2030). His entails establishing storage facilities for petroleum products in Qatar in two phases in order to meet the demand that arises during disruptions in the normal supply of petroleum products, The Peninsula reports.

Included in the future projects are the launch of a gas supply facility to a new power station in Al Wakrah (facility D-phase 1), due to be completed by the third quarter of 2017; phase 2 is currently in the feasibility study stage. Another key project-establishment of pipelines and CNG/L-CNG stations is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018.

The third quarter of 2019 will see a number of projects come on-stream: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Water Alternating Gas (WAG) injection Pilot Project at Jaleha, Dukhan, one of the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) schemes being implemented for the Dukhan oil field; a CO2 pipeline from RLIC to Jaleha and a Pilot Production Facility (PPF) at Jaleha.

December 2022 is the set date for another key project re-development of Bul Hanine (BH) Fields and Development of Onshore gas Processing Facilities at Mesaieed, currently in pre-FEED stage.

The QP report noted that during 2014, in the onshore fields in Dukhan, a total of 25 wells were drilled and 69 wells were worked-over in order to enhance production and address well integrity matters. Two additional drilling rigs were approved in order to support further development and work-over requirements.

Well integrity examinations continued during 2014 covering a total of 124 wells, which resulted in identifying 32 wells for work-overs. Two dedicated rigs were used to manage the well integrity work-over.

The programme has been extended until 2015 in order to ensure safe well operations.

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