Al-Khalij Field, Block 6
Al Khalij Field
Al-Khalij is located around 120km north-east of Doha and comprises of eight platforms and 58 wells, 48 of which are oil producing.
Production from this geologically complex and challenging oilfield started in 1997. Today, around 25,000 barrels of oil per day are sent via two subsea pipelines to a treatment facility located on Halul Island.
Renewal of License with QP
In 2014, Qatar Petroleum and Total set up a joint venture to develop the Al Khalij field over the next 25 years. Under the new agreement, Qatar Petroleum and Total have a respective 60/40 interest in the field.
A Milestone Achievement
In November 2015, Total reached a milestone 200 million barrels of oil produced from this field just ahead of celebrating its 80 years of presence in Qatar.
This was a big achievement for Total reflecting its commitment to Qatar through its long history forged since 1936, as well as its operational excellence.
Ras Laffan Condensate Refinery
Total holds a 10% interest in the Ras Laffan Refinery, a condensate splitter with a design capacity of 146,000 barrels per day which came on stream in September 2009.
The refinery produces naphta, desulfured kerosene and diesel both for the local consumption, and for export.
In April 2013, Total along with four Japanese partners signed a new Joint-Venture agreement with QP to build a new condensate refinery and a diesel hydrotreater. This new project, which will be completed in 2016, will bring the overall condensate splitting capacity to nearly 300,000 barrel per day.
Qatargas, the World’s Largest LNG Company
Total Group owns a 20% share in the upstream component of Qatargas 1, which is the production of condensates from North Field’s ‘Bravo’ Block (NFB block).
In addition, it has a 10% interest in the Qatargas 1 gas liquefaction plant which has three liquefaction trains. The yearly global LNG output from Qatargas 1 is close to 10 million tonnes of LNG and 50,000 tonnes of condensates.
Total owns 16.7% interest in Train 5 of Qatargas 2. Production was started in September 2009 and 8 million tonnes of LNG per year are produced. Total also buys part of Qatargas LNG.
Pioneering Inter-Gulf Gas Supply
Dolphin Energy supplies the UAE and Oman with natural gas produced in Qatar. The production started in 2007, providing for the sale of 2 billion cubic feet per day of dry gas from the North field for a 25-year period.
The gas from the North Field is processed in Ras Laffan Industrial City and then exported to the UAE through a 360km subsea pipeline.
Total holds a 24.5% stake in Dolphin Energy alongside Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala (51%) and Occidental Petroleum (24.5%).
First Chemicals Joint Venture
Total joined Qatar in its first chemicals joint venture in 1974 with a 10% share in Qatar Petrochemicals Company (Qapco).
Qapco operates a petrochemical complex manufacturing ethylene and low-density polyethylene (LDPE), a type of plastic commonly used in food packaging, for worldwide export.
Qapco has two major assets: an ethane cracker with a capacity of 800,000 tonnes per year and two LDPE plants with a capacity of over 400,000 tonnes per year, located in Mesaieed in the south-east of Qatar.
In 2002, Total increased its participation in the facility to 20%.
In November 2012, Qapco inaugurated a third low-density polyethylene plant, LDPE 3, with a capacity of 300,000 t/y. This state-of- the-art facility pushes up the country’s output to over 700,000 t/y of LDPE.
A Strong Partnership
In 2006, in partnership with Qapco, Total entered the Qatofin joint venture. Total has a 36.36% direct shareholding in the company and a total stake of 49% when its investment in fellow shareholder Qapco is included.
Qatofin was established to develop two projects:
• One of the largest ethane crackers in the world operated by the Ras Laffan Olefins Company (RLOC) in which Qatofin has a 45.7% stake alongside Q-Chem. The ethane-based steam cracker is designed to produce 1.3 Mt/y of ethylene.
• A world-class linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) plant, commissioned in 2009 in Mesaieed, with a production capacity of over 500,000 t/y.