QatarEnergy awards contract for Laffan refinery upgrade

06 December 2023
State energy enterprise has awarded a contract for engineering services for a brownfield project related to the modification of pump seals at Laffan Refinery 1

 

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QatarEnergy has awarded a contract for front-end engineering and design (feed) services for a brownfield project related to modifying pump seals in Laffan Refinery 1, located in Qatar’s Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC).

Japan-headquartered Chiyoda Corporation has won the contract to provide feed services for the project, according to a source close to the project.

The contract duration is eight months, the source told MEED, adding that QatarEnergy is expected to start the tendering process for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) works in the second quarter of 2024.

QatarEnergy operates two refineries located in RLIC.​​ Laffan Refinery 1 started production in 2009.

QatarEnergy’s team at Laffan Refinery 1 has identified 31 pumps with single seals, which pose the risk of leakage and even explosion in future. The project aims to safeguard the pumps and replace them with double seals.

Laffan Refinery 1 has a total crude oil proc​essing capacity of 146,000 barrels a day (b/d), which includes 61,000 b/d of naphtha, 52,000 b/d of kerojet, 24,000 b/d of gasoil, and 9,000 b/d of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).​

QatarEnergy holds the majority 51 per cent share in Laffan Refinery 1, with the other shareholders being TotalEnergies (10 per cent), ExxonMobil (10 per cent), Cosmo (10 per cent), Idemitsu (10 per cent), Mitsui (4.5 per cent) and Marubeni (4.5 per cent).​​

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Laffan Refinery 2 started commercial production in 2016, doubling the Laffan Refinery complex’s total capacity to 292,000 b/d.

Laffan Refinery 2 produces low-sulphur Euro-V specifications products such as naphtha, kerojet (A-1), ultra-low sulphur diesel, propane and butane for local and international markets.​

The shareholders of Laffan Refinery 2 are Qatar Energies (84 per cent), Total (10 per cent), Cosmo (2 per cent), Idemitsu (2 per cent), Mitsui (1 per cent) and Marubeni (1 per cent).​

Chiyoda Corporation was the main EPC contractor for Laffan Refinery 2 in a consortium with Taiwan’s CTCI Corporation.

 

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