French company Technip has won the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contract to design a capacity-doubling expansion of Qatargas' Laffan condensate refinery aiming to raise its export of refined products to Asia and Europe. Under this contract Qatar will double its current 146,000 bpd capacity to 292,000 bpd, allowing it to meet the domestic and global demand of naphtha, diesel, LPG and kerojet.
The FEED design contract is scheduled for completion in Q1-2012 and will be executed by Technip engineering center in Paris, France with The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract to be awarded by Q3-2012.
The Laffan condensate refinery was the first of its kind to be built in Qatar and has been operating since September 2009. The 146,000 bpd Ras Laffan plant currently produces 24,000 bpd of gas oil, 52,000 bpd of kerosene and jet fuel and 8,000 bpd of LPG. The expansion project will be completed in Q1 of 2016. This will double the company's refining capacity to 292,000 bpd. Environmental issues would be given the highest priority throughout project execution. This refinery will be designed for zero flaring during normal operations. Laffan Refinery consists of such major units as utility systems, distillation units, naphtha and kerosene hydrotreaters, hydrogen unit and saturation gas plant.