Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell have awarded the
front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract for
their Al-Karaana petrochemicals venture Ras
Laffan Industrial City to Fluor, the companies said on
"The focus of the
project team is on the delivery of a quality FEED that will be
a major step towards successfully delivering this project which
is an important part of our overall petrochemical development plan,"
said Mohammed Nasser Al-Hajri, chairman of the project's
executive committee and also QPs downstream
"We are delighted to have awarded the integrated FEED contract
to Fluor, a world-class engineering company with a proven track
record and expect Fluor to deliver FEED work of the highest
quality and standards.
This is an important milestone for the project, as it completes
the full scope and definition for development of the
world-scale facility, according to QP and Shell
The scope under consideration for the Al-Karaana project includes a world-scale
steam cracker, with feedstock coming from natural
gas projects in Qatar; a 1.5
million tpy mono-ethylene glycol (MEG) plant
using Shells proprietary OMEGA technology;
a 300,000 tpy linear alpha olefin unit
using Shell's proprietary Higher Olefins Process;
and a 250,000 tpy oxo-alcohols unit.
"The Al-Karaana petrochemicals complex project has been envisioned to
further boost Qatars rapidly growing stature in the
global petrochemicals industry,"
said Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada,
Qatars energy minister and Industry and
managing director of QP.
Graham vant Hoff, executive vice president for
Shell Chemicals, said he was delighted with the development
The proposed Al-Karaana project underlines Shells
growth aspirations in the Middle East, and our contribution
towards supporting Qatars strategy to diversify its
energy industry and produce cost-competitive products," he
Qatar Petroleum will hold an 80% stake in the Al-Karaana
project and Shell the remaining 20%. The companies signed
a heads of agreement on their proposed complex in December
2011. It is estimated to cost $6.4 billion.
The positive development of the Al-Karaana project
clearly indicates the depth of our partnership with the State
of Qatar," said Wael Sawan, managing director of Qatar
Shell. "We are confident the project will help to support the
countrys energy diversification strategy.
The companies also unveiled their logo for the Al-Karaana project, which can be seen
above. The logo consists of two alphabetical letters --
k and kaf -- which are written in both
Arabic and English and combined together to form a drop.
The drop represents the geographic name Al-Karaana,
which refers to a water well, as well as the liquid products
that the petrochemicals complex will