Indian firm to install gas compressors to expand Ras Laffan processing operations
India’s Larsen & Toubro has been award a $250m contract to build a gas processing plant in Qatar for Abu Dhabi’s Dolphin Energy.
The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract covers the installation of three new gas turbine compressors at Dolphin’s operations in Ras Laffan to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2014.
UK-based Roll Royce won a $136m contract in April to supply the 52MW compressors, which will “increase the availability and reliability of natural gas exports to the UAE and Oman”, a Dolphin spokesman said.
Larsen & Toubro was awarded the EPC contract ahead of the UAE’s Dodsal, South Korean group GS Engineering & Construction, India’s Punj Lloyd, Italy’s Saipem and France’s Technip, which all submitted bids for the award.
Japan’s JGC Corporation carried out the feasibility study and front end engineering and design (feed) phases of the project, while US-based CH2M Hill is the project management consultant.
Dolphin Energy, a joint venture of Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Company, oil majors Total and Occidental Petroleum, operates a 3.2 billion cubic feet a day (cf/d) pipeline transporting gas from Qatar’s North Field via processing operations at Ras Laffan to the gas grid of the UAE at Taweelah.
While the current production-sharing agreement with Qatar only covers 2 billion cf/d, the additional compressors being installed will prepare Dolphin’s operations for potential higher volumes in the coming years.
The completion of the processing expansion is targeted to tie in with the start of the Barzan gas project in Qatar, while Dolphin hopes to be allotted additional gas once the moratorium on new gas concessions on the North Field is lifted.
In 2005, Doha decided that the natural gas reserves in its North Field – the largest in the world shared with Iran – were being developed too quickly, and placed a moratorium on new gas developments that could be lifted in 2015.
The one major development is the Barzan project, a joint venture of QP and the US’ ExxonMobil. The scheme aims to produce 6.2 billion cf/d of natural gas over three phases, with the first phase scheduled to come on stream in 2014.
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