Contract let for Qatar’s Laffan Refinery 2

Qatargas Operating Co. Ltd., through its contractors, has let a contract to Qatar International Cables Co. (QICC), a subsidiary of Nexans SA, Paris, to provide all power and instrumentation cable needs for the building of a 146,000-b/d condensate splitter at the Laffan refining complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Doha, Qatar (OGJ Online, Aug. 19, 2011).

QICC will design and manufacture over 620 miles of cable designed to suit construction requirements at the plant, including low-voltage and medium-voltage, single-core and multi-core armored IEC standard flame retardant cables, while Nexans France will provide the instrumentation and fiber optic cables for the project, according to a July 23 release from Nexans.

A value of the contract was not disclosed.

While the official foundation stone for the Laffan Refinery 2 (LR 2) project was laid in April (OGJ Online, Apr. 2, 2014), construction activities began in December 2013, according to Nexans.

The LR 2 project—a joint venture of Qatar Petroleum 84%, Total SA 10%, Idemitsu 2%, Cosmo 2%, Marubeni 1%, and Mitsui 1%—will double Laffan Refinery 1’s (LR 1) condensate refining capacity to 300,000 b/d, making it the largest condensate refinery in the world.

Like LR 1, LR 2 will be operated by Qatargas and will process untreated condensate from supergiant North gas field, producing as much as 60,000 b/d of naphtha, 53,000 b/d of jet fuel, 24,000 b/d of gas oil, and 9,000 b/d of LPG (OGJ Online, Apr. 22, 2013).

Construction of the $1.5 billion facility is scheduled to be completed in third-quarter 2016.

The LR 2 partnership let a $600 million lump-sum contract to a joint venture of Chiyoda Corp., Yokohama, and CTCI Corp, Taipei, for engineering, procurement, supply, construction, and commissioning of the LR 2 condensate refinery in 2013, according to a May 13, 2013, release from Chiyoda.

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