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Middle East

03.01.2011  |  Meche, Helen,  Hydrocarbon Processing Staff, Houston, TX

Keywords: [construction] [MEG] [catalysts] [gas processing] [EPC] [cracker] [compressors]

GE has been selected by Saudi Aramco, for agreements totaling nearly $500 million, to supply a broad range of equipment and services for an expansion of the Shaybah gasoil processing facilities. Valuable natural gas liquid (NGL) components from gas produced at Shaybah will be recovered through construction of the new Sabkha NGL recovery plant. This plant will process 2.4 billion scfd of low-sulfur sweet gas and extract 264,000 bpd of NGL.

To generate an additional 729 MW of power, GE is supplying 11 gas turbine-generators, 44 compressors, motors and services. The 7EA gas turbines to be delivered to Shaybah will be equipped with GE’s advanced dry low-NOx combustion systems to reduce emissions. All 44 GE centrifugal compressors will be driven by GE electric motors. GE will ship the equipment during the first half of 2012.


Qatar Petroleum and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding to jointly study development of a major petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar. The scope under consideration would include a mono-ethylene glycol plant of up to 1.5 million tpy, using Shell’s proprietary only MEG advantaged (OMEGA) technology and other olefin derivatives to yield over 2 million ton of finished products.


Süd-Chemie AG and Yara International ASA have a five-year framework agreement on catalysts for fertilizer production. Moreover, this long-term supply agreement will cover more than 50% of the requirements of Qatar Fertiliser Co. (Qafco), a joint venture of which Yara owns 25%. Under the agreement, Süd-Chemie will develop, produce and deliver all front-end catalysts involved in producing ammonia, as well as applied technical support.

Süd-Chemie expects to generate more than $40 million from the agreement during the next five years. In particular, Süd-Chemie will provide advanced catalytic technologies for feed purification, hydrodesulfurization, steam reforming, and high- and low-temperature CO conversion and methanation.


JGC Corp. has an award to build the gas processing facilities for the Barzan Onshore Project in Qatar. The Barzan Project is managed by RasGas Co., Ltd., which is owned by Qatar Petroleum (70%) and an affiliate of ExxonMobil (30%).

The project, located in Ras Laffan Industrial City, 80 km north of Doha, calls for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of the gas processing facilities. This includes a gas-processing unit, a sulfur-recovery unit and an NGL-recovery unit to produce methane, ethane, propane, butane and condensate. The lump-sum turnkey contract is a multi-billion US dollar EPC contract.


The Elliott Group has been selected to supply the compressor packages for the residue fluid catalytic cracker (RFCC) and the crude-oil distillation plant as part of Abu Dhabi Oil Refining Co.’s (Takreer) Ruwais refinery expansion. The project will nearly double Takreer’s refining capacity to meet growing local demand for high-quality transportation fuels and to boost exports of intermediate and finished petroleum products.

The RFCC unit is the centerpiece of the project. Under contract with the engineering procurement contractor, GS Engineering & Construction Corp., Elliott will provide seven compressor trains, a power-recovery expander train and associated auxiliaries. Equipment includes a wet-gas compressor, two heat-pump compressors, two refrigeration compressors, a propylene compressor and a hot-gas expander.

The Elliott Group will provide the compressors for the crude-oil distillation plant under contract with SK Engineering & Construction Co. Delivery is scheduled for mid-2013, with commissioning to follow in the first quarter of 2014.



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