The gas production arm of QatarEnergy has tapped Worley Ltd. for the construction of a carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration project at home that can capture 4.3 million metric tons a year.
Set for completion 2024, the project in Ras Laffan, Qatar will help “further reduce QatarEnergy LNG’s environmental impact across the LNG [liquefied natural gas] value chain by reducing emissions from its seven LNG trains at QG North and three LNG trains at QG South”, Australia-based Worley said in a press release Monday.
The project will have compression trains and pipelines, all to be installed after Worley completes its front to end engineering design (FEED) contract, Worley said. Its scope of work encompasses engineering design, procurement and construction, to be carried out by its teams in Australia and Qatar, according to the announcement.
“Drawing in on expertise from our carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) centers of excellence, the project team will aim to prove the pre-FEED concept by modeling the CO2 capture process”, Worley said. “This high-level technical approach aims to further instill confidence to expand the CO2 sequestration technology in the future to include the remaining trains at QatarEnergy LNG South and North”.
Nawar Chapman, QatarEnergy LNG country manager for Qatar and Kuwait, said in a statement the project “presents an opportunity to use our in-depth knowledge of the region and global expertise in delivering FEED services to the CCUS sector to drive project delivery”.
QatarEnergy LNG, formerly Qatargas, operates 14 LNG trains with a combined production capacity of 77 million metric tons a year, according to information on the QatarEnergy LNG website.
The awarding of the contract was among the first transactions announced since QatarGas was renamed QatarEnergy LNG, a rebranding that the parent company said highlights its commitment to LNG as a key component of the global transition to clean energy.
The new label “comes as part of the increasing international recognition of Qatar’s role in meeting the world’s growing need for energy, particularly natural gas – the cleanest of all fossil fuels”, state-owned QatarEnergy said in a news release September 14 announcing the renaming. “It also reflects QatarEnergy’s continued commitment to LNG as a critical source of energy for decades to come and a vital enabler of the energy transition”.
Qatar Energy Affairs Minister Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi said in a statement about the rebranding, “Over the course of 39 years, Qatargas has been a pioneer of the LNG industry helping place the State of Qatar firmly on the global LNG map and enhancing its leading position as a safe, reliable and trustworthy LNG supplier”.
“Today, ‘QatarEnergy LNG’ carries this legacy forward well into the 21st century helping meet the world’s growing energy demand, placing LNG at the center of a realistic energy transition, and playing a critical role in safeguarding energy security and eliminating energy poverty”, Al-Kaabi said.
“While we recognize the tremendous value that the Qatargas brand has accumulated over time, we believe that this evolution will further strengthen Qatar’s global position by creating and leveraging a stronger salient link to the QatarEnergy brand to deliver even more value to the State of Qatar, its customers and the broader stakeholders’ ecosystem”, the minister added. “In this context, we are reaffirming our belief in the future of LNG as a primary source of energy for decades to come and placing greater emphasis on the central position LNG occupies in our strategic priorities, development efforts, and energy investments”.
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