Qatar boosts LNG output as Laffan Refinery 2 begins operation
“The expansion of the existing capacity has been implemented within the framework of an integrated plan to develop the oil and gas industry in Qatar and to diversify the utilization of our natural resources as well as to meet current and future needs of the domestic market of high-quality petroleum products, all in line with Qatar National Vision 2030 as guided by the wise leadership of His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the state of Qatar,” Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar Petroleum president and CEO and chairman of Qatargas Board of Directors, said in a statement.
Laffan can now refine 146,000 barrels per day of condensate from the North Field, which is the world’s largest non-associated natural gas reserve. The refinery will produce low Sulfur Euro-V specifications products such as Naphtha, Jet-A1, Ultra low Sulfur Diesel, Propane and Butane for both local and international markets.
“Qatargas is delighted to announce the successful commercial start-up of Laffan Refinery 2,” Qatargas CEO Bin Khalifa Al-Thani said in a statement. “At Qatargas, we are proud to deliver innovative facilities such as Laffan Refinery 2 – facilities which add significant value to the natural resources of the state of Qatar. This achievement is a clear demonstration of Qatargas’ commitment to diversify the utilization of the state of Qatar’s hydrocarbon reserves.”