THE COMMON OFFPLOTS PROJECTS REPRESENT A TRIUMPH FOR COOPERATIVE WORKING AMONG MAJOR ENERGY SECTOR BUSINESSES
The RasGas Common Offplots are a significant expansion of storage and loading facilities at Ras Laffan Industrial City. Formally opened in April 2009, the facilities are shared by 11 owners: Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas, Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas (II), Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas (3), Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas (II), Qatargas (3), Qatargas (4), ExxonMobil, Dolphin Energy, Pearl GTL and Barzan.
The offplot facilities include new storage tanks for condensate, propane and butane; extensive pipeline runs; an offshore ‘single point mooring’ condensate loading facility; and additional refrigeration and loading facilities for propane and butane.
Constructed at the same time as Train 6, the facilities handle the outputs from RasGas’ and its sister company Qatargas’ new LNG mega-trains. All the condensate and LPG from RasGas Trains 6 and 7 passes through them, and the new corridor pipelines have been exclusively built for RL (3), the owner of the two new mega-trains.
By creating economies of scale, capital expenditure, shared operating costs and reduced land use, the Common Offplots represent a triumph for cooperative working among major energy sector businesses. A further project, common jetty boil-off gas recovery –
part-owned by RasGas and due for completion in 2013 – will recover around 90 percent of boil-off gas, which was previously flared during LNG ship-loading operations. Common commercial ownership and operations are opening the door to new ways for Qatar’s energy companies to sharpen their competitive edge.
Construction of RasGas Common Offplots involved:
- More than 200 interface agreements with parallel projects, reflecting over 500 separate interfaces
- 46 million man-hours during construction without a lost-time incident – unprecedented in the Gulf region