Condensate refinery ends Qatar dependence on diesel imports

10:17, April 07, 2010      

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Qatar inaugurated on Tuesday Ras Laffan condensate refinery, one of the largest in the world, marking a milestone in the natural gas-rich Gulf state's quest to end its dependence on diesel imports.

The plant has a capacity to process 146,000 barrels per day ( bpd) of condensate, a light oil that comes from the production of natural gas. It produces 61,000 barrels per stream day (bpsd) of naphtha, 52,000 bpsd of kerosene and jet fuel, 24,000 bpsd of gas oil, and 9,000 bpsd of liquefied petroleum gas.

The plant is a joint venture sponsored by state-run Qatar Petroleum with 51 percent of stake, Total with 10 percent, Exxon Mobil with 10 percent, and some other shareholders.

The refinery treats and refines field condensate from Qatargas and Ras Gas, turning it to high-value products such as naphtha, jet fuel, and liquefied petroleum gas.

It has also been planned as an environmentally-friendly facility and built in line with stringent environmental standards.

The plant's outcome of kerosene and jet fuel will be exported to western markets, while gas oil produce will be pumped into the local and Middle East markets, allowing the country to cease diesel imports, according to oil minister Abdullah al-Attiyah.

Source: Xinhua


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