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Qatargas announced this week the start-up of its Plateau Maintenance Project (PMP), designed to extend Qatargas 1’s LNG production capacity of 10mn tons/year. The mostly brownfield project involved drilling and recompleting offshore wells, adding new onshore facilities for sulfur handling and modifying liquefaction trains 1-3. Qatargas says that the new sulfur processing plant is capable of treating 1bn cfd of feed gas.
Japan’s Chiyoda and France’s Technip were awarded the PMP contract in early 2010.
In a statement, Qatargas CEO, Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani, says the company “added significant new onshore facilities to accommodate the increased volumes of feed gas and hydrogen sulfide (H2S).” Since Qatargas-1 produces at or near its liquefaction capacity, it is unclear how the consortium will make use of higher gas output.
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