Project Spotlight - Pearl Qatar Shell GTL Project
One 140,000 lb/hr mobile feedwater van and two 70,000 lb/hr trailer-mounted boiler were supplied to Kentz Engineers and Constructors as part of the Pearl Qatar Shell Gas to Liquids project (GTL). The units were loaded on the Mignon ro-ro ship (roll on/roll off) at the Port of Galveston, TX where they were on transit for over thirty days, before reaching their final destination in Doha, the capital city of Qatar, situated in the Ad Dawhah municipality on the Persian Gulf. The boilers and auxiliary equipment were rented to be used to produce steam for the deaeration of feedwater during initial steam blowing operation, estimated to take six months.
Nationwide Boiler also provide initial start-up services and full time operators for the equipment throughout the duration of the contract. “The logistical planning and project management involved with this job was very complex and required exact collaboration from Nationwide Boiler, our Middle East customer, our banker regarding the letter of credit, and our export logistics and transportation company,” said Larry Day, Vice President of Nationwide Boiler. “It was also vital that our outbound equipment passed strict maintenance and inspection guidelines to ensure a smooth start-up in the Middle East and to meet project deadlines.”
Qatar Petroleum and Shell launched the Pearl GTL project in July 2006. The project includes the development of upstream gas production facilities as well as an onshore GTL plant that will produce 140,000 barrels per day of high-quality GTL fuels and products along with 120,000 barrels per day of condensate, liquefied petroleum gas and ethane.