Qatar Petroleum and Shell announced march 23 the first flow of dedicated offshore gas into the Pearl GTL plant located in Ras Laffan Industrial City in the State of Qatar.
Shell, which is the operator of the Pearl GTL plant developed under a Production and Sharing Agreement with QP, has opened natural gas wells offshore allowing the first sour gas to flow through a subsea pipeline into the giant GTL plant onshore.
Sections of the Pearl GTL plant will be started up progressively over the coming months. The Pearl GTL project was launched in July 2006 and the first stone was laid by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Heir Apparent in February 2007. Pearl GTL is the largest energy project ever launched in the State of Qatar, in terms of total investments. It consists of two offshore platforms 60 kilometres off the Qatar coast, connected by pipeline to the largest Gas to Liquids plant ever built, located in Ras Laffan Industrial City.
Once fully operational, Pearl will produce 1.6 billion cubic feet of gas per day from the North Field, which will be processed to generate 120,000 barrels per day of condensate and natural gas liquids and 140,000 barrels per day of gas to liquids (GTL) products. Gas-to-liquids products are high quality, clean-burning oil products such as gasoil, high specification lubricants base oils, and chemicals feedstock.