Barzan Gas Offshore Topsides Arrive to Qatar

Barzan Gas Offshore Topsides Sail in to Qatari Waters

RasGas announced that the Barzan Gas Project’s four offshore platform topside modules, collectively weighing a total of 9,500 tonnes, have successfully and safely arrived in Qatar.

The topsides, which include three wellhead platforms and an additional living quarters module, made their 20-day journey from Ulsan, South Korea to Qatar’s North Field on a single barge measuring 43 metres in width and more than 180 metres in length, said RasGas in a press release Saturday.

The additional living quarters will provide sleeping and living accommodation for 32 people working in the North Field offshore platforms, the release added expecting the next phase, which is the installation process, to be completed in October.

The safe completion of the topsides and their successful delivery to Qatar marks the culmination of 32 months of close cooperation in engineering and fabrication work between the RasGas and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) project teams which started in Malaysia and was completed in South Korea.

RasGas was appointed by shareholders, QP and ExxonMobil, to manage the Barzan Gas Project.

When the two trains are in operation, they are expected to supply approximately 1.4 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day (Bscfd).

As Qatar anticipates an increased demand for energy to fuel infrastructure projects over the next decade.

The Barzan Gas Project has monumental significance for the country’s sustainable growth. Intended to fuel the country’s planned megaprojects.

The Barzan gas-processing trains will make RasGas one of the largest single gas processors in the world.

RasGas Company Limited is a Qatari joint stock company established in 2001 by Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil RasGas Inc. RasGas acts as the operating company for and on behalf of the owners of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects RL, RL (II) and RL3 (Project Owners).

With operations facilities based in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar, RasGas’ principal activities are to extract, process, liquefy, store and export LNG and its derivatives from Qatar’s North Field. RasGas, on behalf of the Project Owners, exports to countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas with a total LNG production capacity of approximately 37 million tonnes per annum.

For pipeline sales gas to the domestic market, RasGas also operates the Al Khaleej Gas Projects, AKG-1 and AKG-2 supplying approximately 2.0 billion standard cubic feet (Bscf) per day.

RasGas is currently adding production capacity by building the Barzan Gas Project which when fully operational in 2015, is expected to supply approximately 1.4 Bscf of additional sales gas per day to the Qatari market to meet growing demand for energy at power stations and downstream industries.

RasGas currently operates the Ras Laffan Helium Plant which was established in 2003 and came on stream in 2005.

The plant extracts, purifies and liquefies helium from the North Field.

The second helium plant entered production in June 2013 bringing the total liquid Helium production capacity to 1.96 Bscf per year.


LNG World News Staff, October 7, 2013; Image: RasGas