The QatarGas-operated Laffan Refinery Company Limited has awarded a lump sum Front End Engineering Design (FEED) Contract for the Refinery's Phase 2 expansion to Technip. Phase 2 will increase the current refinery capacity to enable Qatar to meet all of its Naphtha, Diesel, LPG and Kerojet requirements. The FEED study is scheduled to be completed by Q1-2012 and will be executed by Technip engineering center in Paris, France. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract is expected to be awarded by Q3-2012. The new expansion project will double the existing capacity of the Laffan Refinery to 292,000 BPSD (barrels per stream day) and the facility will be fully operational by Q1-2016. Laffan Refinery consists of such major units as Utility systems, Distillation units, Naphtha and Kerosene hydrotreaters, Hydrogen unit and Saturation gas plant.
Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas CEO and Vice- Chairman of Laffan Refinery Co, states: "The second phase of Laffan refinery supports the State of Qatar vision to improve product distribution domestically and fully complies with international customers' demands for cleaner fuel products allowing Qatar to become a net exporter of diesel and other refined products, instead of an importer. Qatar's target is to supply markets across Southeast Asia and Europe emphasizing on these commercially valuable products for their petrochemical industry."