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Al Khaleej Gas Project Ph 2 begins operations in Qatar

New facility has a capacity of 1,250mcfpd and was designed to meeting growing local demand.

Al Khaleej Gas Project Ph 2 begins operations in Qatar
INITIATED OPERATIONS: Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil announced that the Al Khaleej Gas Phase 2 project had initiated operations in Dec 2009. (Getty Images)

Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil Corporation announced on Monday that the Al Khaleej Gas Phase (AKG-2) project had initiated operations in December 2009.The new facility, with 1,250 million cubic feet per day of sales gas capacity, was designed to meet the growing demand of local industries.

Combined with Al Khaleej Gas Phase 1 (AKG-1), which began production in 2005, the facilities have a combined total capacity of 2,000 million cfd, making it the largest source of domestic gas supply in Qatar.

Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attyiah, Deputy Premier Minister of Energy and Industry and chairman and managing director, Qatar Petroleum, said: “We consider the AKG project as one of the strategic development projects of the North Field as it supplies gas to various power and desalination plants, as well as petrochemical and other energy intensive industries in Qatar.”

The AKG project involved the construction of onshore gas treating, liquids recovery and fractionation facilities and two additional offshore wellhead platforms.

ExxonMobil utilized state of the art technology, including its proprietary ‘Fast Drill’ and well completion technologies to reduce the drilling time and to optimise the costs of the new North Field wells.

The onshore facilities were integrated with the Ras Laffran Liquefied National Gas Company facilities in Ras Laffran industrial city. The companies said that initial production occurred in December 2009.

Neil Duffin, president, ExxonMobil Development Company, said: “This is another major achievement to ensure the optimal use of Qatar’s hydrocarbon resources to meet increasing local demand and contribute to further development of Qatar’s industrial base.”

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