Ras Laffan: Integrated services, modern infrastructure.
Ras Laffan City
Ras Laffan City, wholly owned by Qatar Petroleum (QP), began operations in 1996. It is mandated to provide infrastructure, facilities and services in the city to enable the establishment and functioning of industries to exploit the State of Qatar’s vast gas reserves in the North Field which lies 80 kilometres offshore Ras Laffan.
The North gas field of Qatar was discovered in 1971 and is currently the world’s largest single non-associated gas field. It spans over 6,000 square kilometres and proven reserves are estimated at approximately 900 trillion cubic feet (tcf).
Ras Laffan is situated along the northeast coast of Qatar overlooking the Arabian Gulf. Its strategic location at the centre of the Arabian Gulf, between the Far East and Europe on the international maritime shipping route, enables hydrocarbon products to be efficiently transported to markets all over the world. The City lies 70 kilometres from Doha; it is an hour’s drive on a modern highway that connects it to the commercial capital and the wider world.
Ras Laffan is developed and operated specifically for natural gas-based industries that produce gas products and their derivatives from natural gas produced in the North Field. RLC offers infrastructure, facilities and services in the industrial city with the aim of providing industries and other stakeholders an efficient and competitive business environment.
The industrial city’s facilities include a modern specialized hydrocarbons export port and land. In addition, it offers other world class facilities including utilities, cooling water, desalinated water, waste management, environment management, fire fighting and emergency response as well as support services such as healthcare, camp accommodation and telecommunications.
RLC also provides an oversight of the development and operation of all activities in the city, in particular in the area of health, safety and environment, in order to ensure sustainability and meet the needs of all stakeholders, industry, government, community and investors.
Ras Laffan Support Services Area
The Ras Laffan Support Services Area (RSSA) area is designated for industries that provide support services for oil and gas companies. Located on the west side of the industrial city, the RSSA is over three million square metres and offers an excellent investment opportunity for companies that provide support services to oil, gas and petrochemical companies. The RSSA includes residential complexes, a commercial complex, fire station, governmental agency offices, clinics and a light industrial park. The RSSA offers land leases of up to 15-year renewable periods, with plot sizes starting at 6,000 square metres.
Ras Laffan Emergency & Safety College (RLESC)
QP and the Ministry of Interior have established the Ras Laffan Emergency & Safety College (RLESC), the premier emergency and safety college in the Middle East.
Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), a member of the Texas A&M University System is the training provider. TEEX is internationally acclaimed in the area of advanced practical emergency and safety training.
The primary aim of RLESC is to train emergency and safety professionals in the following functional areas: oil, gas and petrochemical industries, marine, civil aviation, civil defence, industrial fire fighting, emergency medical services, hazardous materials, search and rescue, health and safety, emergency response, and driver training.
RLESC offers courses that are accredited by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard). ProBoard is an internationally recognized professional certification entity for fire fighting curriculum. TEEX is a ProBoard accredited agency.
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for various TEEX/RLESC courses.
The Port of Ras Laffan
The Port of Ras Laffan has been purpose-built to meet the hydrocarbon exports of all the industries in the industrial city. Covering an area of 56 square kilometres, it is currently one of the largest hydrocarbons exporting ports in the world.
Facilities in the port include the following:
LNG Berths The Port of Ras Laffan has six LNG berths of which four are capable of receiving QMax vessels with a cargo capacity of 266,000 cubic metres, the largest of its kind in the industry. The other berths are capable of receiving QFlex and conventional LNG vessels which are 216,280 cubic metres and 145,000 cubic metres in capacity respectively.
Liquid Product Berths There are six berths that are currently operational. These berths are designed for products such as condensate, LPG, Pygas, GTL and refinery products. They are capable of handling vessels ranging in length from 160 to 345 metres respectively.
Sulphur Berth The port has one sulphur berth with the capability of handling vessels of up to 60,000 tonne displacement. The combined loading rate of the two shiploaders is 3,000 tons per hour.
Dry Cargo Berths Six berths are dedicated for dry cargo of which two offer RoRo facilities.
Offshore Support Vessel Berths The port has 14 berths with facilities for providing bunkers and fresh water. The berths are used for supply and support vessels servicing the offshore exploration and production activities
Offshore SPM’s (Single Point Moorings) Available are two SPMs located about 54 kilometres from the Port. These SPMs can accommodate vessels ranging from 85,000-320,000 DWT.
Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard The ultra-modern 110-hectare shipyard is establishing Ras Laffan as one of the world leaders in ship maintenance, repair and construction. The multi-billion dollar project is funded by QP/RLC and leased to Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine (N-KOM) to manage and operate the ship repair and construction sections. Key features of the shipyard include two large dry docks, a massive construction hall, re-fit hall, warehouse and administration buildings.
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