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Qatar’s Qatargas has started operations at the Ras Laffan 2 condensate splitter and is ramping up production. But it is not clear how close the operator is to achieving full throughput capacity of 146,000 b/d.
When Ras Laffan 2 construction began in 2014, Qatargas predicted plant completion in Q3 2016. While a recent Ministry of Development Planning report said start-up had been pushed back from Q4 2016 to 2017 (MEES, 24 June), the latest information suggests a Q4 2016 start-up is still possible.
Ras Laffan 2 will process untreated condensate from the giant offshore North Field. The plant is virtually identical to 146,000 b/d Ras Laffan 1, which was started up in 2009. Ras Laffan 2’s main products will be naphtha (41%) and jet fuel (36%). (CONTINUED - 259 WORDS)