QP & Shell awarded for “Excellence in Pearl GTL Integration”…

Qatar Petroleum (QP) and Shell were honoured with the “Excellence in Project Integration” award for Pearl Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) during the 7th International Petroleum Technology Conference’s (IPTC) dinner and award ceremony, which was held at The St Regis Doha on Sunday.
The award was accepted on behalf of the two project partners by Matthias Bichsel, Shell’s director (projects & technology) and Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, QP’s director (oil & gas ventures).
The IPTC Excellence in Project Integration Award is given to a project that adds value to a company through the entire process and value chain and exemplifies strong teamwork, solid geoscience knowledge, reservoir and production engineering acumen, determined and watchful construction, and outstanding facilities engineering practices.
Equally important, the winning project must have demonstrated a pervasive culture of health, safety and environment (HSE). It must have also had a positive impact on the country, the region or the world.
The awards committee consisted of some 10 members, including four IPTC board members and six industry leaders, who possess strong technical reputations and are in a position to provide independent assessments.
Bichsel said, “I am extremely proud and honoured to receive this award with our distinguished partner, Qatar Petroleum, and on behalf of the many talented and dedicated individuals in QP, Shell and our contractor partners who made Pearl GTL a reality. Inspired by the wisdom and vision of HH the Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, Pearl GTL has established Qatar as the GTL capital of the world.”
Al-Kaabi said, “Pearl GTL is a reflection of the commitment and calibre of some of the industry’s brightest minds, and it not only incorporates some truly innovative technologies but also serves as a true example of excellence in project integration and a successful partnership. This award is another affirmation of the overarching strategy that QP has taken in the development of world-class projects for the continued growth of Qatar’s oil and gas industry.”
Pearl GTL, a fully integrated upstream-midstream-downstream development, is the world’s largest GTL plant and one of the world’s most complex and challenging energy projects ever commissioned. The delivery of GTL on such a vast scale as Pearl GTL is an example of uniquely integrated development.
Pearl GTL involved all aspects of the gas value chain and achieved a record-breaking HSE performance.
The Pearl GTL project, established under a development and production sharing agreement, was launched in July 2006 and officially inaugurated in November 2011 by HH the Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani.
Pearl GTL converts up to 1.6bn cu ft a day of wellhead gas from some 22 offshore wells in Qatar’s North Field using the proprietary Shell Middle Distillate Synthesis (SMDS) process, which has been built on some 40 years of development and involves about 3,500 patents.

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