QATAR -- Qatar Shell has awarded Offshore Solutions a contract, including associated services for the provision of its Offshore Access System, which allows the safe transfer of personnel from a vessel to an offshore installation.
The Offshore Access System (OAS) is to be used for the Pearl GTL project being built in Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar. Pearl GTL will be the world's largest gas-to-liquids project, converting natural gas into a range of high quality liquid hydrocarbon products.
This fully integrated project is being developed under a development sharing agreement with the government of the State of Qatar. Pearl GTL will have the capacity to produce 140,000 b/d of GTL products – gasoil, naphtha, kerosene, paraffin, and lubricants base oils, as well as 120,000 boe/d of ethane, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and condensate.
The project is being developed in two phases, with the first phase starting up around the end of the decade.
The OAS is due to be delivered in Qatar during the first half of 2009.