ExxonMobil, Qatar Petroleum start up Al Khaleej 2

Production is under way from Qatar’s Al Khaleej Gas-Phase 2 (AKG-2) project, according to joint venture partners Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil. Operations began in December, providing 1.25 tcf/d of sales gas capacity.

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DOHA, Qatar -- Production is under way from Qatar’s Al Khaleej Gas-Phase 2 (AKG-2) project, according to joint venture partners Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil. Operations began in December, providing 1.25 tcf/d of sales gas capacity.

The new facilities, combined with those at Al Khaleej Gas-Phase 1 (AKG-1), which started up in 2005, will provide total capacity of 2 tcf/d, making this the largest source of domestic gas supply in the Qatari sector, the partners say.

AKG-2 involved construction of two further wellhead platforms plus onshore gas treating, liquids recovery, and fractionation facilities. ExxonMobil says it employed state-of-the-art techniques, including its proprietary Fast Drill and well completion technologies, to lower drilling time and optimize the costs of the new North field wells.

The onshore facilities are integrated with the Ras Laffan Liquefied Natural Gas Co. Ltd. (3) complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City.

Abdulla Bin Hamad Al-Attyiah, deputy premier minister of Energy and Industry, and chairman and managing director of Qatar Petroleum, said: “We consider the AKG project as one of the strategic development projects of the North field as it supplies gas to various power and desalination plants, as well as petrochemical and other energy intensive industries in Qatar.”

02/23/2010

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