THE BARZAN GAS PROJECT WILL PLAY A CRITICAL AND STRATEGIC ROLE IN SUSTAINING THE HIGH GROWTH RATE OF THE QATARI ECONOMY
The Barzan Gas Project, which will play a significant role in meeting Qatar’s rising domestic gas demand, is nearing completion and the first train is expected to be online in 2015. This Qatar to Qatar project is a powerful step forward in fuelling Qatar’s overall industrial and human development, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Demand for energy in Qatar is constantly growing, as a new airport is built, new seaport is under construction, major initiatives are being completed in the transport, health and education sectors, and new facilities are built for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.
Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil signed agreements confirming the project on 6th January 2011. RasGas is managing the construction of the plant and will also operate it upon completion.
The Barzan offshore platform is located 80 kilometres north-east of Ras Laffan Industrial City. While offshore facilities have been completed by Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea; onshore facilities are being constructed by JGC of Japan. Train 1 is almost complete and Train 2 is also nearing completion. Together they will supply around 2 billion standard cubic feet per day of sales gas. Much of this production will be directed to the power and water sector.
When Barzan Gas Trains 1 and 2 are in operation, the total offshore production from all RasGas-operated facilities will reach around 11 billion standard cubic feet per day (the equivalent of almost 2 million barrels of oil), making RasGas the largest gas producer in the world.