Qatar Petroleum (QP) and UOP, a Honeywell company, have signed a joint research agreement on “Process Optimisation of CO2 and Sulphur Components Removal from Natural Gases.”
The agreement was signed at the QP headquarters by HE the Minister of Energy and Industry Dr Mohamed bin Saleh al-Sada, who is also the chairman of QP, and Dr Rajeev Gautam, president and CEO of UOP. The primary aim of the research is for the treated natural gases to be more efficiently utilised in further processing operations such as in transporting natural gas in pipelines, in the production of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas liquids (NGL), liquefied natural gas (LNG), gas-to-liquids (GTL) products, and in associated/non-associated gas cleanup in upstream petrochemical/fertiliser manufacturing plants.
Al-Sada hailed the agreement as an important milestone in Qatar’s gas industry. “Qatar is constantly working to facilitate the optimum development of its hydrocarbon resources, and this agreement is another step in that direction. Developing more efficient technologies to remove contaminants from natural gas will help boost Qatar’s reputation as a safe, reliable supplier of natural gas as well as high-quality products.”
Dr Gautam pointed out that global natural gas demand is growing rapidly and LNG/LPG/NGL/GTL production is critical to meeting the needs of regions not served by pipelines and to enable global trade. “Qatar Petroleum is a recognised leader in the production of LNG/NGL for world markets, and we look forward to extending our long-standing partnership to develop technology in these important fields,” he said.
QP operates its offshore gas platform and five NGL plants at Mesaieed Industrial City. It also has joint ventures with Qatargas (the world’s largest LNG producer), RasGas (the world’s second-largest LNG producer), Shell’s Pearl GTL (which operates in Qatar the world’s largest GTL plant) and Oryx GTL (which operates the second-largest GTL plant in Qatar).
QP recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art research and technology centre at the Qatar Science and Technology Park to carry out cost-effective research activities on subjects related to surface/sub-surface activities in oil and gas fields in co-operation with global R&D centres.
Honeywell’s UOP is a leader in natural gas treating technologies, which currently are used in QP’s LNG and gas processing facilities.