AT 56 SQUARE KILOMETRES AND WITH SIX LNG BERTHS OPERATIONAL, RAS LAFFAN PORT IS THE LARGEST LNG EXPORTING FACILITY IN THE WORLD.
In Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar Petroleum has invested in a huge man-made port facility to support the development of Ras Laffan Industrial City. Opened in 1996, the port is operated by Qatar Petroleum, with RasGas’ facilities fully integrated. At 56 square kilometres, and with six LNG berths operational, Ras Laffan Port is the largest LNG exporting facility in the world.
RasGas continues to support Qatar Petroleum in the strategic development of Ras Laffan Port and a five-year port reconstruction programme that began in 2006 to meet the predicted growth in LNG and other shipping traffic. When all the developments are completed, including 26 kilometres of breakwaters, Ras Laffan Port will enter the record books as the largest man-made harbour in the world.
In recent years, the growth of Ras Laffan Port has been intertwined with the RGX2 project, a multi-billion dollar project, now completed, that includes RasGas Trains 6 and 7, the drilling of 14 new wells linked to two new RasGas wellhead platforms, the RasGas Common Offplots storage and loading facilities, and a dramatic expansion of the company’s dedicated LNG tanker fleet.
The latest phase of the reconstruction programme culminated in the inauguration in November 2010 of Nakilat’s world-class Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard. Nakilat, a Qatari joint stock shipping company, currently owns 16 percent of global LNG shipping tonnage. Three of the six phases in the project are complete, with the remaining three scheduled to conclude within two years. Nakilat’s fleet of LNG ships will take up only a quarter of the yard’s repair and maintenance capacity at any time, leaving 75 percent free for other vessels on a commercial basis. At full capacity, the new shipyard will employ more than 10,000 workers. By 2020, around 4,000
ships are expected to call at Ras Laffan Port every year.
- Site area: 110 hectares
- Location: 8km offshore, along southern breakwater of expanded Ras Laffan port
- Two dry docks (400m x 80m and 360m x 66m), one floating dock (230m x 38m)
- Six full-length quays: 2.4km total length
- Ship construction hall (270m long x 65m wide x 45m high), in which four 120m vessels can be built simultaneously
- Plus workshops, support facilities, offices, medical centre, fire station, crew facilities