A US/UAE consortium of Washington Group Internationaland Al-Jaber Energy Serviceshas been awarded a $360 million contract to carry out the Ras Laffan sulphur handling expansion project. The project, being managed by Qatar Liquefied Gas Company (Qatargas), calls for the installation of additional capacity of up to 12,000 tonnes a day (t/d) and is being undertaken to meet the rapid upstream development of the North field gas reservoir (MEED 22:4:05).
The consortium was one of three groups competing for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) award. The others were: Paris-based Technip, with Turkey's Gama; and Italy's Techint, with the US' Black & Veatch Oil, Gas & Chemicals. Washington Group will carry out detailed engineering in its Denver and Bucharest offices. Overall project completion is set for late 2008, with an intermediate start-up set for 2007. The expanded facility will serve several oil and gas ventures based at Ras Laffan. With liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports expected to triple and gas-to-liquids (GTL) capacity set to soar, sulphur production is forecast to rise six-fold to an estimated 12,000 million t/d by 2010.