Fluor awarded Al-Karaana Petrochemical Complex contract

karaanaQatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell have awarded engineering construction firm Fluor a contract for front-end engineering and design (FEED) on the Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City

H.E. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Qatar’s minister of energy and QP's managing director, said, “The Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex project has been envisioned to further boost Qatar’s rapidly growing stature in the global petrochemicals industry.”

Graham van’t Hoff, executive vice president for Shell Chemicals, remarked, “The proposed Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex project underlines Shell’s growth aspirations in the Middle East, and our contribution towards supporting Qatar’s strategy to diversify its energy industry and produce cost-competitive products.”

The scope under consideration for the Al-Karaana Petrochemical Complex project included a steam cracker, with feedstock coming from natural gas projects in Qatar; a 13.6bn kg per annum mono-ethylene glycol plant using Shell’s proprietary OMEGA (Only MEG Advantaged) technology and a 2.7bn kg per annum linear alpha olefin unit using the proprietary Shell Higher Olefins Process.

Wael Sawan, chairman of Qatar Shell, added, “The development of the Al-Karaana project clearly indicates the depth of our partnership with Qatar. We are confident the project will help to support the country’s energy diversification strategy.”

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