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Doha, Qatar - 2 December 2012: A delegation of senior management from Qatar Petroleum (QP) recently visited the construction site of Barzan Gas Project in Ras Laffan. Overall progress of this key project, critical to meeting Qatar's future energy needs, has recently surpassed 50% as the gas processing facilities are now taking shape.

The QP delegation included Mohamed Al Marri, Manager, Oil and Gas Surface Development, Tamim Attar, Manager, Project Evaluation and Planning, Ahmad Al-Amoodi, Assistant Manager, Common Facilities, and Abdulrahman Al Braik, Assistant Manager, Transmission and District Engineering. Nafez A Bseiso, Venture Group Manager, RasGas Company Limited (RasGas), and management representatives from the Venture Group accompanied the delegation.

In his speech, he said that whilst the industry saw over 60 million tonnes of LNG delivered under short-term contracts in 2011- double that of 2008 and quadruple that of 2004 - the market is evolving once again.The delegation, which toured the entire site stretching over three square kilometres, witnessed the remarkable achievements that have been made 22 months into the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) phase of the project.

Bseiso said the Barzan Gas Project both in Qatar and the offshore facilities being built in Ulsan, South Korea, are currently on plan both in terms of cost and schedule to achieve start-up of Train 1 in 2014.

"When the two new gas processing trains are in operation in 2014 and 2015 respectively, they will combine with other RasGas facilities (LNG and pipeline sales gas) to produce a staggering total production capacity of around 11 billion standard cubic feet per day (the equivalent of almost two million barrels of oil), making RasGas one of the largest single gas processors in the world," he said.

"A construction workforce of over 19,000 comprising of more than 50 nationalities has contributed in achieving world class safety performance and industry leading results, including a total recordable incident rate of 0.05 and lost time incident rate of 0.01 during the project," said Bseiso.

He said quality plays a critical role in all aspects of the execution of the Barzan Gas project, and it is important to ensure that every step, from engineering design, procurement, construction, completion and handover, is done to the highest international standards.

"We are extremely proud that RasGas is entrusted with the task of developing and operating this key project. We are confident that once again RasGas will demonstrate its professionalism, commitment and dedication by successfully completing its execution on behalf of our shareholders and the State of Qatar," said Bseiso.

"Barzan project has the highest number of Qatari nationals working in almost every key discipline on a RasGas single project, thus ensuring that maximum exposure and experience is harvested by national graduates to develop their careers and underpin the role of the future generation of Qatari professionals in the indigenous energy industry. Additionally, a broad range of Qatari companies are involved in providing essential support in terms of manpower, materials, equipment and services spanning right across the Barzan project, truly fitting for a project that will deliver energy to Qatar," he said.

At the conclusion of the tour, Al Marri lauded the outstanding achievements made to-date on this most strategic 'from Qatar to Qatar' project, and expressed the appreciation of QP for RasGas commitment, not only to excellence in project development and implementation, but also in people development and the unprecedented opportunities provided to Qatari nationals since the commencement of the Barzan project.

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