On November 1st, Ras Gas invited His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman & Managing Director of Qatar Petroleum and Andrew P. Swiger, Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation, along with senior government officials and delegations from Qatar Petroleum, RasGas and ExxonMobil as well as Marhaba to the stone laying ceremony for the Barzan Gas Project.

The Barzan Gas Project is currently under development by RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) and will develop natural gas from the North Field to supply new power generation and water desalination plants in Qatar. Under project management from RasGas, it’s a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and an affiliate of ExxonMobil.

A Time Capsule, specially created for the Barzan Gas Project has been sealed, containing the thoughts and wishes of the people of Qatar and will be reopened at the Barzan Gas Project Inauguration. The Time Capsule will be housed in a piece of rock from the Barzan Gas Project construction site and will be on display.

RasGas managing director, Hamad Rashid Al Mohannadi said that his main priority is the safety of his 20,000 workers, and that RasGas will be implementing various controls such as world-class technology for combustion sources, star-up flare minimisation strategies and marine protection initiatives using pipeline laying and offshore platform installation to minimise problems.

The Barzan Gas Project is going to use world-class sulphur recovery facilities from ExxonMobil to remove impurities from natural gas. This means the Barzan facility will have a high recovery efficiency than any Ras Laffan City project.

The natural gas will be used to power generation and water desalination plants as well as industries that are small or medium sized. The project will also produce ethane for feedstock in the local petrochemical industries.

The project has two phases; Train 1 to be operational in 2014 and Train 2 in 2015. The project is expected to supply 1.4 billion cubic feet of gas per day.