London -- Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell announced 1 March that engineering and construction company Fluor has gained the contract for the Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City.
The scope of the Al-Karaana Petrochemical Complex project may include:
* A world-scale steam cracker, with feedstock coming from natural gas projects in Qatar;
* A 1.5-million-tonnes-per-annum mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) plant using Shell's proprietaryMEGA (Only MEG Advantaged) technology;
* A 300-kilotonnes-per-annum (ktpa) linear alpha olefin unit using the proprietary Shell Higher Olefins Process; and
* A 250 ktpa OXO alcohols unit.
His Excellency Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry and chairman & managing director of QP, said the project aims "to further boost Qatar's rapidly growing stature in the global petrochemicals industry."
For Shell Chemical, Graham van't Hoff, executive vice president, said: "The proposed Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex project underlines Shell's growth aspirations in the Middle East," noting that the project supports Qatar's strategy "to diversify its energy industry and produce cost-competitive products."