RAS LAFFAN IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING INDUSTRIAL CITIES IN THE WORLD. TODAY IT COVERS AN AREA OF MORE THAN 295 SQUARE KILOMETRES.
To support the exploration, storage and export of its vast natural gas resources, in the
mid-1990s Qatar made a multi-million dollar investment in port facilities and infrastructure at Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC). Only a decade and a half later, in December 2010, Qatar realised its long-term goal of a total LNG production capacity of 77 Mta, an industry leading achievement made possible by RLIC.
The thriving energy-industry hub in north-eastern Qatar is home to international companies such as RasGas, Qatargas, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total and Dolphin Energy. It is the workplace of some 115,000 people. Covering an area of more than 295 square kilometres, RLIC lies 80 kilometres north-east of Doha. The site is strategically close to the North Field, between the Far East and Europe on the international maritime shipping route. This geographical advantage has enabled Qatar to stay ahead of competing LNG suppliers around the world.
The infrastructure and supporting facilities at RLIC ensure the potential of Qatar’s natural resources is maximised through successful exploration, storage and export. In 2006 the management team completed a master plan that anticipates the city’s next 20 years of growth. Implementation is under way, with extensive development work at Ras Laffan Port to handle the anticipated increases in volume of LNG and associated liquid products.
On behalf of Ras Laffan, RasGas started work on a project to establish a single occupational health standard for the city. RasGas also liaises closely with army, police, civil defence and security representatives from the other companies operating in Ras Laffan on emergency management services. By 2010 RLIC became the home of the Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College, under an agreement between Qatar Petroleum and Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.
The new facility – the first of its kind in the Middle East – includes training facilities for industrial, hazardous materials, municipal, rescue and emergency medical services. The same level of care and responsibility is taken with staff accommodation and support services. Up-to-date medical facilities are available to all staff and contractors and there are comprehensive 24-hour services for emergency response, fire, safety and security.
RasGas has taken an active role in RLIC’s development, helping to establish
- The Ras Laffan Waste Management Facility (with RLIC and Qatargas)
- Ras Laffan Environmental Association
- Qatar Airshed Management Association