Inauguration of Qatargas 2
23 April 2009
Qatargas Operating Company recently inaugurated its liquefied natural gas (LNG) production facility in Qatar’s Ras Laffan Industrial City. Emerson Process Management, equipment supplier to Qatargas, was quick to congratulate the company, saying that the facility was the biggest LNG plant in the world.
To capitalise on the growing demand for clean-burning natural gas, Qatargas is in the final stages of commissioning and startup of its largest LNG production “train”. Qatargas plans to have three other mega trains completed to come on-line before the end of the decade. Each of these mega trains will be able to produce 7.8 million tons of LNG annually.
Qatargas selected Emerson to be the main instrumentation and controls contractor for the Qatargas 2 project. Emerson is supplying digital automation technologies for LNG production in each mega train. The company has a long-term agreement as the preferred supplier of automation technologies and services to Qatargas, one of the world’s leading producers of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
“What Qatargas has achieved is truly remarkable and is unprecedented in its size and scope, featuring significant new, game-changing technologies to achieve massive economies of scale,” said Emerson Process Management chairman John Berra. “The inauguration of Qatargas 2 marks a historic milestone for the LNG industry and Qatar’s leadership in the LNG world.”
Converting natural gas to LNG, which takes up a fraction of the volume, allows for cost-efficient storage and transport by ship. Through a complex process, the gas is purified and super-cooled to a liquid state. Once the LNG arrives at its port destination, it is reheated and returned to a gas at a regasification terminal for distribution through pipelines to customers.
Qatargas and Emerson signed an alliance agreement in 2007 with the challenge to aggressively expand its facilities to boost LNG production to 42 million tons annually by the end of the decade.
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