Fluor to design Al-Karaana Petrochemicals project


Engineering and construction company Fluor has received a contract from Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell to provide front-end engineering and design (FEED) services to their joint venture Al-Karaana Petrochemicals project in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar.

As part of the contract, Fluor will design a petrochemicals complex which includes a world-scale steam cracker, with feedstock coming from natural gas projects in Qatar, a 300,000 tonnes per annum (tpa) linear alpha olefin facility and a 250,000 tpa oxo-alcohols plant.

Al-Karaana Petrochemicals project's executive committee chairman and QP's Downstream Ventures director Mohammed Nasser Al-Hajri said; "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."

"Fluor will design a petrochemicals complex which includes a world-scale steam cracker."

Built with an estimated cost of $6.4 bn, the complex will also include a 1.5 mtpa mono-ethylene glycol plant using Shell's patented OMEGA (Only MEG Advantaged) technology.

Qatar's Minister of Energy and Industry and QP chairman and managing director Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada said: "The Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex project has been envisioned to further boost Qatar's rapidly growing stature in the global petrochemicals industry."

Shell Chemicals executive vice president Graham van't Hoff said the proposed Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex project highlights the company's growth aspirations in the Middle East, and its contribution towards supporting Qatar's strategy to diversify its energy industry and manufacture cost-competitive solutions.

Apart from announcing the awarding of the FEED contract, QP and Shell have also launched the official logo of the Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex project.

Image: Awarding the FEED contract for the proposed Al-Karaana Petrochemicals Complex project: Rob Kretzers, EVP Projects, Shell Global Solutions (left) congratulates Taco de Hann, SVP Energy and Chemicals, Fluor. Photo courtesy of Shell.