Pearl GTL, being created by Qatar Petroleum and Shell, will be the world’s largest gas-to-liquids plant, converting natural gas into 140,000 barrels per day of clean-burning liquid transport fuel and other liquid products and 120,000 barrels per day of natural gas liquids and ethane. Both the scale of the facility and the sophistication of the process engineering are breathtaking – and Interserve’s Madina Group will be responsible for maintaining it.
Taking its feed from two platforms 60 km offshore in Qatar’s North Field – the biggest gas field in the world, holding about 15 per cent of the world’s reserves – the onshore processing facility at Ras Laffan Industrial City is currently being commissioned; construction is due to complete by the end of 2010 with a ramp-up to full production over the following year.
A long-term relationship Qatar Shell and Madina began working together in 2008, when Madina won a three-year contract to supply health, safety, environment and supervisory training services to the tens of thousands of people associated with the Pearl GTL facility. This relationship played a role in Madina’s success in the subsequent rigorous, year-long tender and selection process that culminated in the award of a five-year contract to provide a range of management and maintenance services at Pearl GTL including:
- Health, safety, environment, quality assurance and administration management
- Estimating, pricing and procurement
- Planning and scheduling
- Engineering and mechanical services
- Instrument maintenance
- Electrical maintenance
We anticipate assigning over 300 technicians to the site to undertake both preventive and reactive maintenance and to ensure that the Pearl GTL plant stays at the peak of operational efficiency. The contract enables Shell to develop its long-term integrated relationship with Madina as a member of its key supply chain and is structured to allow both parties to gain from operational improvements and to share in the benefits of achieving exceptional performance.