RasGas operates seven LNG trains with 37 mt/a of production capacity.
RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) is a Qatari joint stock company established in 2001 by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil RasGas Inc. RasGas acts as the operating company for and on behalf of the owners of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects RL, RL (II) and RL (3) (Project Owners). With operations facilities based in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, RasGas’ principal activities are to extract, process, liquefy, store and export LNG and its derivatives from Qatar’s North Field. RasGas, on behalf of the Project Owners, exports to countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas with a total LNG production capacity of approximately 37 million tonnes per annum.
For pipeline sales gas to the domestic market, RasGas also operates the Al Khaleej Gas Projects, AKG-1 and AKG-2 supplying approximately 2.0 billion standard cubic feet (Bscf) per day. RasGas is currently adding production capacity by building the Barzan Gas Project which when fully operational in 2015, is expected to supply approximately 1.4 Bscf of additional sales gas per day to the Qatari market to meet growing demand for energy at power stations and downstream industries.
RasGas currently operates the Ras Laffan Helium Plant which was established in 2003 and came on stream in 2005. The plant extracts, purifies and liquefies helium from the North Field. The second helium plant entered production in June 2013 bringing the total liquid Helium production capacity to 1.96 Bscf per year.
The Project Owners are:
RAS LAFFAN LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS COMPANY LIMITED – ‘RL’
Ras Laffan was established in 1993 to produce LNG and related products from its two trains: Trains 1 and 2. The two plants have a combined capacity of 6.86 million tonnes of LNG per annum (Mta) as well as about 44,000 barrels per day (b/d) of condensate. Ras Laffan’s key customer is (Asia).
RAS LAFFAN LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS COMPANY LIMITED (II) – ‘RL (II)’
Established in 2001 to produce LNG and related products, ’RL (II)’ owns Trains 3, 4, and 5. Each of these trains has the capacity to produce 4.7 Mta of LNG and about 28,000 b/d of associated condensate. Ras Laffan (II)’s key customers are in Europe and Asia.
RAS LAFFAN LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS COMPANY LIMITED (3) – ‘RL (3)’
Ras Laffan (3) was formed in 2005 to produce LNG and related products. Ras Laffan (3) owns Trains 6 and 7, which came online in July 2009 and February 2010 respectively. Trains 6 and 7 each have a capacity to produce 7.8 Mta of LNG and approximately 50,000 b/d of condensate. Ras Laffan (3)’s customers are Americas, Europe and Asia.
AL KHALEEJ GAS (AKG-1)
RasGas started the first phase of the Al Khaleej Gas Project, (AKG-1), on 2 November 2005 and sold its first gas just five days later. AKG-1 was inaugurated in November 2005 at Ras Laffan Industrial City by His Highness, the Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, , marking the start of pipeline sales gas to domestic markets.
Today (AKG-1) produces more than 700 Mmscfd of sales gas, which is used by Ras Laffan Power Company to generate power at Ras Laffan Industrial City, provide fuel for Mesaieed Industrial City customers and supply feedstock to the Oryx GTL project. The plant has since operated with excellent performance. In May of 2006 RasGas sold the first cargo of LPG, opening up a new source of revenue for Qatar.
AL KHALEEJ GAS 2 (AKG-2)
AKG-2 was completed in December 2009 and inaugurated in May 2010 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani. AKG-2 has an inlet capacity of approximately 1,500 Mmscfd and is fed from two new 9-slot offshore platforms via 28-inch inter-field pipelines that tie into the existing offshore 38-inch pipeline infrastructure.
AKG-2 is designed to produce 1,300 Mmscfd of sales gas, plus 61,000 barrels of field and plant condensate per day, 2,400 tonnes of natural gas liquids (propane and butane) per day, and around 2,500 tonnes per day of ethane. Two new wellhead platforms were among the extensive facilities built to provide raw feedstock for the onshore AKG-2 plant.
AKG-2 features a new generation of offshore platform design that incorporates significant technical innovations. For example, ExxonMobil’s proprietary fast-drill process has increased drilling rates by more than 50 per cent, reducing both the time it takes to drill the production wells and the optimised well costs.
The Al Khaleej Gas processing facilities are among the largest in the world.
RAS LAFFAN HELIUM
Established in 2003. The first Ras Laffan Helium facility came on stream in August 2005, and the second (Helium 2) in June 2013. Together Helium 1 and Helium 2 have a combined production capacity of 1.96.0 Bscf a year, meeting 25 per cent of current global helium demand.
BARZAN GAS PROJECT
In January 2011, Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil signed agreements confirming the Barzan Gas Project, which will play a significant role in meeting Qatar’s rising domestic gas demand. RasGas is managing the construction of the new plant and will operate it once it is complete. The project is a powerful step forward in Qatar’s overall industrial and human development, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
The drilling platform to supply the Barzan Gas plant is located 80 kilometres north-east of Ras Laffan Industrial City, with onshore and offshore facilities to be completed by JGC of Japan and Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea respectively. The project itself will be developed in two phases: Train 1 will come on stream in 2014, with Train 2 following in 2015. Together they will supply around 1.4 Bscf per day of sales gas. Much of this production will be directed to the power and water sector.
When Barzan Gas Trains 1 and 2 are in operation, the total offshore production from all RasGas-operated facilities will reach around 11 Bscf per day (the equivalent of almost 2 million barrels of oil).
For further information, please visit the RasGas website.