RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) showcased its groundbreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) technology at Gastech 2011, the global gas conference and exhibition which took place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 21-24 March.
A highlight of the programme was the technical session on LNG, LPG and Chemical Gas Shipping, when Hamad Mubarak Al Muhannadi, RasGas Operations Group Manager, delivered a presentation on New Technologies and Innovations Advancing Qatar’s LNG Industry.
“RasGas and the State of Qatar have recently completed a significant expansion programme to supply LNG to markets throughout the world,” said Al Muhannadi on behalf of RasGas. As well as meticulous planning, the unprecedented scale of this programme required creativity and the implementation of technological innovations from the wellhead to the plant, through shipping, and on to the product-receiving terminals.
To illustrate the success of RasGas innovations, Al Muhannadi quoted some recent LNG industry benchmarking results. He revealed that RasGas had established a leading position in global benchmarking, scoring better than the LNG industry average in several key areas. “For example, RasGas achieved nearly 98 per cent reliability and nearly 95 per cent asset utilisation,” he explained.
Al Muhannadi’s presentation demonstrated RasGas innovations through the LNG value chain, including pioneering sub-surface and surface technology in Qatar’s North Field; processes to enhance LNG production; investment in new LNG refrigeration machinery technology; emissions reduction to preserve the environment; plant commissioning (reducing time to LNG production); LNG shipping (Q-Flex and Q-Max carriers); the development of offshore receiving terminals; and innovations to maintain the company’s high operational performance, safety and reliability.
Gastech is recognised as the leading international gas industry event, bringing together eminent industry experts to examine key developments in the sector. The 25th edition of Gastech focused on innovations in LNG production and delivery.