Posted on November 05, 2014

Laffan Refinery Company Limited 2, LR2 Refinery Project, has accomplished a major milestone in the construction phase with the celebration of having achieved Five Million Man-hours without a ‘lost time injury’ (LTI).

LR2 Refinery Project ispart of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 for ensuring efficient energy supplies for the country and meeting the most stringent environmental specifications. The project will contribute to maximize the opportunities from the development of the North Field to produce high quality refined products from condensate. It will also have significant integration with existing facilities such as Laffan Refinery 1 (LR1),tank farm and jetty.

LR2 Refinery will effectively double the condensate refining capacity of the existing operating LR1 to a total of 300,000 barrels per day, solidifying the Country’s unique position as the largest condensate  processor  in the world. Acknowledging the significance of the occasion, Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas CEO, said: “Safety is a core value for Qatargas and a key part of our mission. This achievement is yet more evidence of our strong and continuous commitment to ensure the safety of our most important asset, our people. Our Incident and Injury Free culture is woven into everything we do and as we continue our journey as the World’s Premier LNG Company, we will set ever higher safety standards and strive to reach new milestones.

“I wish to express my thanks and congratulations to all Laffan Refinery 2 employees and contractors for their support in reaching this important milestone.” he added. 

Positively remarking on this achievement, Mr. Salman Ashkanani, Chief Operating Officer - Refinery Ventures, said: “This milestone was achieved not only by the implementation of the Qatargas Incident and Injury Free Program (IIF) and vigorous Heat Stress Program, but also by the hard work, integration, dedication and continuous focus on total safety by CCJV (Chiyoda and CTCI Corporation Joint Venture), Consolidated Contractors Group(main general subcontractor) and the LR2 Project Management Team. I look forward to maintaining this excellent standard through to the completion of the project”.

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In addition, Manickam Ravichandran, Acting Project Manager reiterated, “this achievement we have celebrated on LR2 Project is a major safety milestone and it is clearly based on the commitment toward safety that I have seen within the teams. The safety philosophy in the project is multi-faceted. We take a standards-based approach. The Project Management Team supports and provides oversight to the contractor’s safety teams but we are also supported by Qatargas Safety, Environment and Quality Department. We have benefited a great deal from various safety campaigns which have included the fundamental “Qatargas Ten Life Saving Rules”.

LR2 is a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum, Total, Idemitsu, Cosmo, Marubeni and Mitsui.  LR2, like the existing LR1 Refinery, will be operated by Qatargas Operating Company Limited. The construction works are scheduled to be completed on the first half of 2016 and the expected startup date is set for the third quarter of 2016. The LR2 Refinery Project is led by a Qatargas Project Management Team (PMT) with CCJV being the Engineering, Procurement, Supply, Construction and Commissioning (EPSCC) contractor. CCJV is a robust joint venture between CHIYODA and CTCI Corporation. Consolidated Contractors Groups is the main general subcontractor.

The Qatargas PMT together with the EPSCC main general contractors and Consolidated Contractors Groups have adopted an integrated approach to safety that involves working closely with the workforce in a collaborative manner to ensure the health and safety of all employees. Having commenced construction activities in November 2013, the current activities on site, with a multi-cultured workforce of approximately 3500 workers, are mainly civil engineering and the early stages of steel structure and piping works.