Posted on April 09, 2011

Director of Ras Laffan Industrial City Eng Abdul Aziz Jassim Al Muftah has estimated the investments made in the city at $70 billion, adding that the City is still pursuing the planning and development program in infrastructure of its existing industries, future hydrocarbon industries associated with liquefied natural gas, and supportive services industry.

Al Muftah in an interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA) said the City has approved a number of major projects to be implemented during this year, including a Qatar solar technology project to produce polysilicon, and the Barzan gas company for supplying gas mainly to the domestic market, and industrial and desalination needs, he said adding that this project was announced recently after the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Qatar Petroleum and Shell. "I am proud of the important role played by Ras Laffan Industrial City in achieving the vision of HH the emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, and in the accomplishment of our LNG’s industry target capacity of 77 million tons per annum, which is seen as a great achievement last year."

The Director of Ras Laffan Industrial City said during the past two years the Ras Laffan Industrial City witnessed the opening and operations of major projects such as Qatargas 2 (3 and 4 production lines), and Qatargas 3 (6 production line), and Qatargas 4 (7 production line). Al Muftah said the City has also witnessed during this period the opening and operation of RasGas 3 (6 and 7 trains) and Gulf Gas 2, and Qatar Power Company (Q - Power), in addition to ongoing works to expand Port of Ras Laffan, and Ras Laffan Common Cooling Seawater System. He pointed out that the implementation of the second phase of the common cooling seawater system led to a significant increase in the distribution network of seawater to the customers exceeded one million cubic meters per hour.

The Director of Ras Laffan Industrial City revealed that Ras Laffan Industrial Port covers an area of 56 square kilometers after it was 8.9 square kilometers, with 6 berths to load liquefied natural gas and 8 berths to export liquids as well as berths for containers, and also pointed to the launch of Basin of Arhama bin Jaber al-Jalahma for the building and repair of ships. Al Muftah said the expansion of the port began in February 2006. In 2009 the dredging and the breakwaters were completed, he said, adding that the expansion is scheduled to be completed during this year.

The Director of Ras Laffan Industrial City stressed that the operation of the six berths supported the export of 77 million tons per annum of LNG . Al Muftah, while expecting a significant increase in operations, said that this major expansion in the infrastructure of the port provides the ability to add four berths in the future when needed. He said that the six LNG berths are running and operating at full capacity, adding that the berth number (5) began operating in October 2009, while the berths number (6) received the first tanker last February. He revealed that the Port of Ras Laffan received last year and 1,556 ships, of them 817 are LNG carriers, adding that there are expectations of an increase in the number of vessels docking at the port this year reaching 2,357 ships.

The Director said that the support services area which lies in the western part of the city is three million square meters and has local and international companies in the support services sector which serve the country's main industries and the projects that are currently taking place. He clarified that Ras Lafan city aims to attract businesses specialized in support operations and other companies that provide services to the fields of industry, importation of equipment and service maintenance. He added that steps are being taken to establish Ras Lafan's College for emergency and safety in the western part of the city.

The college will be a state-of-the-art design and be equipped with the latest technology. The aim is to make the world''s leading educational institution for emergency and safety. Especially in terms of size, facilities as well as the content of its courses and trainings which will cater to the needs of the different sectors of the country and the region. Regarding the development plan of the city, Al Muftah said that updates to the plan included increasing the size of the city to 295 square Km which more than doubles its size. This aims to enable the city of containing all the future needs of the hydrocarbon industry, particularly for the next 30 years.

The Director of Ras Laffan Industrial City stated that QP took it upon themselves to execute the updates of the plan as well as to keep carrying out its main role of overlooking the expansion of industries in the city. He also said that there will be extensive work on building Qatari ships. He said that Nakilat signed a partnership with Dutch company Damen to create a new company called Nakilat Dame Shipyards Qatar (NQSD) which will build all sorts of ships whether commercial or yachts for the state of Qatar.

The Director assured that the standards of the industries in the city are conform to the environmental standards. highlighting that the city pays important attention to the role of inspection. He also stated that Ras Lafan is the main location of exploration and excavation projects. He added that the city is considered the world's biggest producer of GTL products. Some 34,000 barrels a day are produced by Oryx in addition to the expected production that will come from the Pearl project.