Shell's Pearl GTL Plant Takes Next Step

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During the design and construction phase, the environment, which operates via Citrix, served approximately 200 users who connect via the Internet and have access to the instrumentation database 24/7. Since the inception of the project, engineering software solution company Intergraph has been responsible to design, implement and operate the hosted SmartPlant Instrumentation service for the duration of the design phase and now the time has come to hand it over to Shell.

World's Largest Gas–to–Liquid Plant...

Gerhard Sallinger, Intergraph Process, Power & Marine president, said: “Shell is one of the leading oil and gas companies in the world and is well-respected in the industries it serves. Its adoption of SmartPlant Instrumentation for one of its largest projects, in addition to the expanded use of Intergraph solutions, underscores the value these solutions bring to our customers and their clients.”

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Pearl GTL, based in Ras Laffan, Qatar, is the world’s largest gas to liquids plant and was the largest construction site ever in the oil and gas industry during construction phase. The first commercial shipment from the Pearl GTL was achieved on June 13, 2011. The plant converts natural gas into high quality fuels and liquid products.

...Converting 1.6 Billion Cubic Feet per Day

When operating at full capacity in mid-2012, Pearl GTL will convert 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas into 140 thousand barrels per day of GTL products (gasoil, kerosene, base oils Naphtha and Normal Paraffins) and 120,000 barrels of natural gas liquids and ethane. The plant will process approximately 3 billion barrels of oil-equivalent over its lifetime from the North field, which stretches from Qatar’s coast out into the Gulf and contains more than 900 trillion cubic feet of gas.

Natural gas is currently becoming more important, not only as a source of energy but also as a valuable feedstock and raw material for the chemical industry. Analysts already expect natural gas to replace crude oil in the future.