Posted on July 21, 2013

The Diesel Hydrotreater (DHT) project, being developed by Qatargas, which operates Laffan Refinery Company, recently achieved a significant safety milestone, by completing 2 million man-hours without any Lost Time Injuries (LTI).

The DHT Unit, designed to produce diesel with less than ten parts per million sulphur content with the Euro 5 environmental specification, will be built and integrated into the existing Laffan Refinery by 2014. The Engineering, Procurement and Construction contract for this project was awarded to Samsung Engineering Company Ltd. in September 2011.

The DHT Unit will process 54,000 barrels per stream day of straight run Light Gas Oil feedstock from the existing Laffan Refinery 1 (LR1) and the second planned refinery (LR2). The DHT Unit will be installed inside the plot of LR1, which is located in Ras Laffan Industrial City in Qatar. The Laffan Refinery Company Limited, which started production in September 2009, is one of the largest condensate refineries in the world.

Commenting on this occasion, Salman Ashkanani, Chief Operating Officer, Refinery Ventures said: “This is indeed an outstanding achievement as we move ahead towards completing the project safely. This important milestone proves the commitment of the entire project team to our Incident and Injury Free safety culture. We want to make sure that everyone working on this project goes home safely, every day.  Our priority is to maintain our focus and deliver the project safely and on schedule.”

The DHT project forms part of Qatar’s National Vision for ensuring efficient energy supplies for the country and meeting the most stringent environmental specifications. The processed diesel from the DHT Unit will be distributed within the State of Qatar through the existing truck loading Gantry facilities, which has also been constructed by Laffan Refinery Company and is being operated by Qatar Fuel (WOQOD). 

Civil works, structural and building works on the project are 80 percent complete. All major items of equipment have arrived on site including rotating and static equipment. All the major static equipment like Reactor, column, vessels, and heat exchangers has been erected. The piping fabrication and installation at site is in progress. The planned start-up of this project is in the second quarter of 2014.