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Qatar’s two gas-to-liquids (GTL) projects have been running at near full 290,000 b/d capacity, but both will see their 2015 hit by maintenance shutdowns.
Shell-operated Pearl GTL – by far the world’s largest GTL project – has begun two months of planned maintenance. Meanwhile, the Oryx GTL joint venture of South Africa’s Sasol (49%) and QP (51%) is due to shut down for an unspecified period this year.
Pearl GTL comprises two identical GTL trains with a total capacity of 140,000 b/d of GTL products plus 120,000 b/d of natural gas liquids and ethane. “One train, representing half the facility, has recently begun a planned ‘turnaround’ maintenance program, which will continue for a period of some two months,” Shell said on 27 February.
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