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State gas processor Qatargas announced on 24 December the start of commercial operations at the Laffan Refinery 2 condensate splitter plant at Ras Laffan. The plant has capacity to process up to 146,000 b/d of untreated condensate from the giant offshore North Field.
Qatargas says output from the splitter will meet Euro-V specifications, for which the sulfur limit is 10ppm (0.001%). Laffan 2 output will comprise up to 60,000 b/d of naphtha, 53,000 b/d of jet fuel, 24,000 b/d of gasoil and 9,000 b/d of LPG.
The plant’s gasoil, along with that from the near-identical Ras Laffan 1 splitter that was started up in 2009, will be delivered to an adjacent 101,000 b/d capacity diesel hydrotreater for the production of Euro-V specification diesel. (CONTINUED - 267 WORDS)