Honeywell's UOP announced Tuesday that it signed a joint
development agreement with Qatar Petroleum (QP) to develop
new ways to cost effectively treat natural gas for the
production of LNG.
Under the agreement, the two companies will work together
to develop more efficient technologies to remove
contaminants from natural gas, so that it can be liquefied
for transportation by ship and other means.
The agreement was signed at QP headquarters by Dr. Mohammed
bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and
chairman of QP, and UOP president and CEO Dr. Rajeev
Dr. Al-Sada said the agreement is an important milestone
in Qatars gas industry.
Qatar is constantly working to facilitate the
optimum development of its hydrocarbon
resources, and this
agreement is another step in that direction, said
Dr. Al-Sada. Developing more efficient technologies
to remove contaminants from natural gas will help boost
Qatars reputation as a safe, reliable supplier of
natural gas as well as high-quality products.
UOP is a leader in natural gas treating technologies, which
are currently used in QPs LNG and gas processing facilities
. QPs joint
venture companies, Qatargas and RasGas, have a combined LNG
production capacity of 77 million tpy, making Qatar the
worlds largest producer and exporter of LNG.
Global natural gas demand is growing rapidly and LNG
production is critical to meeting the needs of regions not
served by pipelines and to enable global trade," said Dr.
Gautam. "Qatar Petroleum is a recognized leader in the
production of LNG for world markets, and we look forward to
extending our long-standing partnership to develop technology
in this important
UOPs separation technology
and equipment remove
contaminants such as sulfur, water and carbon
dioxide from natural gas
in order to meet rigorous product specifications and
requirements for downstream transmission and liquefaction
equipment. In liquefied form, natural gas can be easily and
efficiently transported to markets around the world, where
it is used for a wide variety of energy applications.