Shell Pearl GTL

Pearl Gas to Liquids (GTL) Project in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar is the largest GTL project in the world and jointly developed by Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell. It is the world’s largest source of GTL products, producing 140,000 barrels each day, and 120,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of natural gas liquids and ethane.

A track record of successes

Our Kentz business has successfully completed a number of multi-million dollar contracts over the past five years on Pearl GTL. These contracts have encompassed all three of our lines of business: Specialist Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC); Construction; and Technical Support Services.

We won our first major contract on the project in 2006. Our EPC business was awarded the EPC scope for the modular waste water treatment plant for the 35,000-man construction camp. This was followed by the diesel power generation scope and temporary telecommunications for the plant’s turnkey temporary facilities.

Our share of the first phase of the project (common facilities and train 1) totalled in excess of US$320 million. The project entailed the development of upstream gas production facilities and an onshore GTL. The project also included the development of a block within Qatar’s vast North Field gas reserves which will produce 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas.

During 2009 and 2010, our focus turned to delivering the construction of utilities packages. Our construction business was awarded the electrical and instrumentation scope for the utility and flare areas, materials management and commissioning support. This enabled the commencement of critically important process utilities commissioning: a precursor to plant-wide systems completion.

Our Technical Support Services business became involved in the final stages of commissioning of the mega project. In early 2011, we were awarded a Framework Agreement to provide services in executing Plant Change Requests by Qatar Shell GTL Limited. Under the Framework Agreement, we provide engineering design, construction supervision and procurement services for plant changes and projects at Pearl GTL plant, as well as to its offshore platforms, harbour tank farms, offloading jetties and connecting infrastructure. Having been involved in this world-scale project from initial site works through to commissioning activities, we're delighted to continue working with Shell in the operational and maintenance phase of the project with brownfield engineering services over the coming years.

In mid-2011, the Pearl GTL plant sold its first commercial shipment of GTL Gasoil, marking the start of production. The plant reached full production capacity towards the end of 2012, doing so safely and reliably.

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