The contract for the Engineering, Procurement, Supply, Construction and Commissioning (EPSCC) of the Laffan Refinery 2 (LR 2) Project, the second condensate refinery at Ras Laffan Industrial City, has been awarded to a joint venture of Chiyoda Corporation and CTCI Corporation.
The contract was formally signed by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum, Mr. Takashi Kubota, Chairman of Chiyoda Corporation, and Mr. John T. Yu, Chairman and CEO of CTCI. Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas Chief Executive Officer and senior officials from Qatar Petroleum and Qatargas also attended the official signing ceremony, held in Doha.
Similar to the existing Laffan Refinery (LR1), which started production in September 2009, LR2 will have a processing capacity of 146,000 barrels per stream day and will also be operated by Qatargas Operating Company Limited (Qatargas). To be constructed adjacent to the existing refinery, LR2 will have a daily production capacity of 60,000 barrels of naphtha, 53,000 barrels of jet fuel, 24,000 barrels of gasoil and 9,000 barrels of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
In comments on the occasion, His Excellency Dr. Al-Sada hailed the agreement as “an important part of a vigorous drive to expand and diversify Qatar’s industrial base”. He said “the agreement is in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar, to ensure the optimal utilization of our country’s natural resources while contributing effectively to securing energy supplies for the local and international markets.”
Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas CEO, said: “The second phase of Laffan Refinery while improving product distribution domestically will also help meet the increasing demand of international customers for cleaner fuel products. Qatargas will manage the EPSCC activities and eventually operate the facilities on behalf of the shareholders, utilizing the synergies available in Laffan Refinery 1, which has been in operation since 2009. I would like to thank Laffan Refinery 2 Company for their trust in Qatargas’ proven capabilities in executing major projects safely, with the highest quality standards, and within the approved cost and schedule. We look forward to working with the Chiyoda-CTCI joint venture to execute the project flawlessly.”
Salman Ashkanani, Chief Operating Officer, Refinery Ventures, adds: “The new expansion project will double the existing capacity of the Laffan Refinery to 292,000 barrels per stream day. The detailed engineering work for LR 2 kicked off early last month. The facility is expected to be fully operational by the third quarter of 2016, playing a central role in Qatar’s new energy mix. Environmental issues will be given the highest priority throughout the project execution. LR2 is designed to meet the most stringent international environmental standards.”
Mr. Takashi Kubota, Chairman of the Board of Chiyoda Corporation said: “It is truly an honor to have been awarded this important project. Chiyoda will execute the project in joint venture with the premier EPC company in Taiwan, CTCI Corporation. Chiyoda Corporation, as the leader of the Chiyoda-CTCI joint venture, is fully committed to deliver the project in a timely manner and will steer it through all its phases with the highest standards of safety, environmental awareness and health. The Chiyoda Group, including Chiyoda Corporation and our local EPC company in Qatar, Chiyoda Almana Engineering L.L.C., re-affirm that we will continue to make a significant contribution to the sustainable development of the State of Qatar."
Mr. John T. Yu, Chairman & CEO of CTCI Corporation, said: “I would like to express my heartiest appreciation for the Laffan Refinery 2 Project awarded to the joint venture of Chiyoda and CTCI. This would be a historical occasion to bring Laffan Refinery, Chiyoda and CTCI into One Team with One Spirit and One Goal. We are determined to finish this project with good safety record, good quality and on schedule as we promised. Chiyoda and CTCI have experience of working together for more than 30 years worldwide. Chiyoda is also one of the shareholders of CTCI. In this connection, we are fully confident to complete the project smoothly under our seamless cooperation.”
The joint venture agreement for the LR2 Project was signed in April this year, with the shareholders consisting of Qatar Petroleum with 84% stake, Total (10%), Idemitsu (2%), Cosmo (2%), Marubeni (1%) and Mitsui (1%).
The LR2 Refinery will utilize the condensate produced by Qatargas, RasGas, Barzan and Al Khaleej Gas as feedstock. Over 3,500 people are expected to work on the project at the peak of construction activities. The overall cost of the LR2 projects is estimated at USD 1.5 billion.
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