Value: $6.4bn


Qatar Petroleum/Shell

Mohammed al-Hajari, head of Al-Karaana executive committee

Tel: (+974) 4 440 2000

Feed contractor


State-owned energy company Qatar Petroleum (QP) and the UK/Dutch Shell Group are planning to spend $6.4bn to construct the Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex at Ras Laffan, according to Oil Minister Mohammed al-Sada.

The scheme will consist of four major process units: linear alpha olefins; monoethylene glycol; oxo-alcohols; and a steam cracker. The total capacity of the new plant will be about 2 million tonnes a year of chemicals. The front-end engineering and design (feed) was started in 2012, and the feed contract was awarded to the US’ Fluor in 2013. This will be followed by the engineering, procurement and construction phase in 2014.

Al-Sada has said he expects the scheme to be completed in 2018.

Shell’s projects in Qatar
na=Not available. Source: MEED
Name Type Status Budget
Pearl GTL Gas processing In operation since 2011 $19bn
Qatargas 4 (train 7) Gas processing In operation since 2010 $5bn
Ras Laffan olefins complex Petrochemicals Tendering, completion 2017 $6.4bn
Block D Upstream gas exploration Ongoing na

Key dates

June 2011

Qatar Petroleum (QP) appoints UK/Dutch Shell Group as partner on project

December 2011

QP/Shell sign agreement

February 2012

UK lender RBS appointed as financial adviser.

April 2012

Prequalification documents sent out

July 2012

Feasibility study completed


Feed process begins

Feb 2013

US-based Fluor awarded feed contract


Main contract expected to be issued


Project due for completion

Source: MEED Projects