Qatar Starts Up Clean Diesel Unit, Targets ‘Next Generation’ Chemicals

Qatargas has started up a diesel hydrotreater (DHT) at Ras Laffan, taking Qatar’s total installed diesel production capacity to 101,000 b/d and enabling the country to meet its clean diesel requirements for the foreseeable future. The plant was officially inaugurated on 26 May, following initial operation in mid-April and the achievement of first on-specification diesel on 14 May.

Qatargas chief executive Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa Al Thani says DHT start-up is “a major step forward in terms of our commitment to responsible environmental management and is a critical component of the state of Qatar’s 2030 vision.” The plant will deliver Euro 5 specification diesel, with a sulfur content of less than 10ppm. Surplus production will be exported.


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