Gas-to-liquids development in Qatar

9 May 2010

While in Doha for the Ninth Arab Energy Conference in Doha, IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka took the opportunity to visit the Pearl gas-to-liquids plant under construction by Shell and Qatar Petroleum at Ras Laffan. 

This is by some way the largest GTL project ever put together – at a cost of some USD 19 billion. When it comes onstream next year it should process 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of gas and produce 120,000 barrels per day of NGLs/ethane alongside the 140,000 barrels per day of gas-to-liquid products.

Photo: Mr. Tanaka on site flanked by Andy Brown, Executive VP Shell Qatar, on the right, and the IEA analyst Christopher Segar.

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