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4 years and going

Tomorrow, 24 Nov, marks completion of my 4th year in service with Qatargas. Time flies so fast huh.

I still remember the day when I stepped out of Qatar Airways plane that took me from Jakarta to Doha. It was the onset of Ramadhan 2008 (September), temperature was 39 C and I was able to maintain my fasting amid long flight trip. The interview went well with two good people who already left the company now. I owe them for their decision to have me onboard.

Then a new beginning started when I embarked a new endeavor as an expatriat in Qatar. That was on 24 Nov 2008. Then a complete new beginning started when my family joined me on 28 Feb 2009. Fast forward, throughout this flying-fast four years I have been nothing but having excellent work experiences and working with extraordinary people.

Despite many seductions of leaving Qatargas and Qatar, I am still here today, looking forward to more exciting work and life experience years to come.

4 years and going….

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Beach Club

I feel ashamed to admit that it is after about 2.5 years that I visited QG/RG Beach Club for the first time. Beach Club is privately owned by QG/RG and to be used only by QG/RG employees and their families. However, employee is allowed to bring one guest at a time. Access verified by showing QG/RG ID.

Beach Club is a piece of land at the shore end of breakwater belong to N-KOM shipyard at Ras Laffan Industrial City. Measured only 200m by 250m probably, the club offers 11 small huts, BBQ facilities, playground, and sandy beach. A main building at the center provides canteen, prayer room, TV room and toilet/changing room. A volleyball court is also available at the north side. All facilities are on first come first serve basis. The club closes at 9pm weekday or 10pm weekend.

Access to the club is through beach road or Ras Laffan Highway (Route 77) and then taking a turn to Ras Mulaiji.

Coordinate: 25°51’33″N   51°35’1″E

Welcome to Beach Club

 

Beach Club - shown here Main Building at the background
Playground is available at the Beach Club for children

 

Sandy beach at Beach Club

77

It is not Christiano Ronaldo’s number or ‘beautiful number’ from Vodafone. 77 is a magic number for LNG (liquified natural gas) production capacity from Qatar. Qatar will soon reach 77 millions tons per annum (mtpa) LNG with start up of Qatargas Train 6 in November and Train 7 in February. Qatargas and Rasgas are the two LNG producers who make up 77mtpa mark: 42 and 35 mtpa from Qatargas and Rasgas respectively. This 77 achievement represents a landmark event for Qatar, where it will ensure its reputation of being the center of energy in the world and the largest producer of LNG in the world.

It is expected that the celebration for 77 is to be held on Monday, December 13, 2010 in Ras Laffan Industrial City in the presence of several delegations and media figures from around the world.

So if you are roaming around Doha or flipping through newspaper and find big advertisements with 77 in Qatar maroon color, that’s what it means in here.

Qatar soon to reach 77mtpa LNG and becomes the world's largest LNG producer!

Jetty Boil-Off Gas Project

I was only once involved in this project – known as JBOG –  for a HAZOP meeting.

(Source: Qatargas website)

KEY PROJECT TO RECOVER FLARED GAS AT RAS LAFFAN 

Doha – Qatar, 24 February 2010: Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas and RasGas Company Limited (RasGas) have given the initial go ahead to a key US$1 billion environmental project to recover gas currently being flared during Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) ship loading at the Port of Ras Laffan.

The project which is part of the Common Facilities Projects at Ras Laffan Industrial City in the north of Qatar is known as the “Jetty Boil-Off Gas Recovery Project”. 

The project will enable boiled-off gas to be collected from LNG ships and compressed at a central facility.  The compressed gas will then be sent to the LNG producers to be consumed as fuel or converted back into LNG.  This project, when fully operational, will recover the equivalent of some 0.6 million tonnes per year of LNG, which is enough natural gas to power more than 40,000 homes.

Qatargas Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Faisal M. Al-Suwaidi said: “We are very pleased that Qatargas is able to lead this project on behalf of all the LNG producers at Ras Laffan Industrial City.  Qatargas, Qatar Petroleum, and RasGas are all focused on reducing our emissions and energy use so that we can bring our emissions to the lowest levels possible to meet or beat international standards. This project will contribute greatly to reducing emissions from our facilities.”

Qatargas, as the project leader, is working with Qatar Petroleum and the Ministry of the Environment, to execute this project which aims to significantly reduce overall flaring and emissions at Ras Laffan Industrial City.

It is anticipated that the project will be completed by the end of 2013 or early 2014.

4-riyal Lunch?

Where on the Earth (of Qatar) can you get a decent and stomach-filling lunch for 4 riyals?

– Yes you can. In QG Ras Laffan Canteen!

4 riyals is what QG charged (through salary deduction) to its employee for each lunch. That’s for senior staff. For junior staff, it’s even much less: 2.5 riyal! But if you pay peanut you’ll get monkey right? Not really. It’s a good lunch tough.

QG Ras Laffan canteen is managed by AMWAJ – a catering company. To be able to have a lunch in the canteen you can either: scan your employee badge barcode, state your staff number to receptionist, or use a coupon. If you use a coupon (contact your secretary), you will notice that Amwaj charges you QR25. So 4 riyal or 2.5 riyal lunch is a subsidized one.

Once you get in the canteen, you will see to separate buffet serving counter, then in the middle is salad and drink island and next to it is dessert and fruit table. The canteen hall is large enough to accommodate about 200 employees I think. There is a separate ladies dining room in the hall. Menu is a combination of Arabic, Indian, Continental, and sometimes Philipine cuisines. Majority of the menu is Indian, so you’ll need to get used to it. For those who are Indians, congratulation you are as happy as in your home country.

Plain rice, mutton rice, or briyani rice are almost available everyday. For westerners you can take either french fries or mashed potatoes, or grilled potatoes. For continental, there are normally pizza, noodle, or macaroni. For main dish, you can expect mutton, fish, beef,  chicken and less frequently seafood. Then you have 4 Indian dishes! available everyday.

Salad island is a good provision.At least you will have 5-6 different type of salads. Really a treat. For drinks, soft drink dispenser, three juice dispensers, bottled water, canned soft drink are available. For dessert, you will have choices of 2-3 fruits, and 3-4 dessert (at least one of them Arabian sweets or cake), and lastly ice cream.

If that’s not enough, you can take fruits or bottled water, canned drink to your office although they are strictly prohibited.

Those who are working outside QG plants or HQ building are normally served with onsite catering (I heard that in one of the satellite office (project office) the onsite catering serves Japanese cuisines to accommodate large Japanese /Korean workers in the project. The workers however can opt to go to Ras Laffan canteen for their lunch.

BTW don’t compare RL lunch with Doha lunch. Ask Doha employees why! You will be glad to work in Ras Laffan.

QG Canteen Menu
An example of daily QG Ras Laffan lunch

Al Khor or Doha?

Sometimes it’s a must but sometimes it is a choice. Difficult decision to some QG Ras Laffan-based employees who need to trade-off at some points.

Why living in Al Khor Community?

  • Living in a secure, safe, gated, well-controlled camp
  • Living with many friends nearby
  • Excellent clubs, restaurants, and recreational facilities
  • Close to Ras Laffan – 18km to RLIC Gate
  • It’s a must due to operational requirement (i.e. shift employees)
  • You don’t like shopping, malling, or clubbing as your past times
  • Living in peaceful environment, stay away from the hectic of a city
  • Your kids school at Al Khor International School
  • More saving? for less shopping?

Why not to living in Al Khor Community:

  • No shopping malls (Lulu Hypermarket is underconstruction)
  • Limited choice of amenities and services
  • Away from the center of activities in Doha (once you’re in you’ll bit lazy to go out of camp)
  • You’ll not get a club allowance QR10,000 a year
  • Your monthly allowance is deducted for QR800 a month
  • Your circle of friend is mostly QG and RG

Why living in Doha

  • Close to center of activities (i.e. you don’t need to go driving 40km just to watch an exhibition or festival or activity)
  • You’ll receive a club allowance QR10,000 per year
  • Possibility of meeting friends outside QG & RG more frequently
  • Close to malls, amenities and services
  • Boring? Just jump out to a mall or cafe in just few minutes

Why not living in Doha

  • If you live in central/southern Doha and you work in Ras Laffan, traffic will be your best friend
  • You need to travel 70km to Ras Laffan for work

Trade-off:

  • You get financial allowance but you need to be on the road 1 hour longer each day
  • Your kids school in Doha, so you need to live in Doha although working inRas Laffan.
  • You’ll get more quality time but reduced allowance and away from center of activities

So which one do you like?

 

Laffan Refinery Starts Production

Doha, Qatar – 26 September 2009: Qatargas has started production from the Laffan Refinery, the first condensate refinery in Qatar. The refinery’s production reached commercial quantities and specifications on 23 September for all products.

The new refinery has a total processing capacity of 146,000 barrels per stream day (BPSD). It consists of process units including utility systems, distillation units, naphtha and kerosene hydrotreaters, a hydrogen unit and a saturated gas plant producing naphtha, kerojet, gasoil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).

Mr. Faisal M. Al Suwaidi, CEO and Chairman of Board of Directors of Qatargas Operating Company, said: “The Laffan Refinery brings together a number of effective technologies and synergies from multiple ventures. The refinery adds value for end customers as well as the State of Qatar. This start-up represents a historic milestone for Qatar and Qatargas especially as this is the first time some of these technologies are being used in the country.”

“We have also focused on safety at the refinery and implemented critical safety systems throughout the construction phase. The same Qatargas safety philosophy has also been applied in the commissioning and start-up phases as well. We are aiming for safe and stable operations,” said Mr. Al Suwaidi.

The Laffan Refinery is a key part of the strategic vision for Qatar as it will process and add value to the field condensate produced from the Qatargas and RasGas facilities.  The condensate will be refined and turned into products such as naphtha, kerojet (otherwise known as jet fuel) and gasoil.

The refinery’s production capacity will be 61,000 bpsd of naphtha, 52,000 bpsd of kerojet, 24,000 bpsd of gasoil, and 9,000 bpsd of LPG.

From inception, the refinery has been planned as an environmentally friendly facility and it has been built in line with stringent environmental standards to reflect this concept in every detail.

One of such systems is the gas recovery system which captures and compresses gases generated during normal operations and recycles them as fuel gas. Furthermore, the refinery’s waste water treatment system enables reuse of treated water in various operations of the refinery. Under this system, as much as 40 per cent of the effluent water is treated with the overall treatment capacity of the plant being 40 cubic meters per hour.  Emission levels at the refinery are also low because of advanced environment control programmes introduced within the facility that meet European Union standards.

Salman Ashkanani, Venture Manager, Laffan Refinery said, “Like all Qatargas projects, the Laffan Refinery has also embraced the “Incident and Injury Free” approach from day one.  The excellent safety performance demonstrated by the project throughout the construction, commissioning and start up phases reflect our commitment to safety.  One of the unique aspects of the start-up was the combined involvement of people from the Commissioning, Start-Up, Expansion Start-up, and Project teams who brought with them different areas of expertise, ensuring a flawless and safe start-up for the refinery.  Our focus now is on the safe and reliable long term operation of the refinery.”

In terms of manpower, it was a challenging task to recruit highly skilled people from different parts of the world to build and operate the refinery. Some 30 different nationalities are represented in the construction and operations workforce. For the operations personnel an advanced competency development programme has been completed and involved extensive class-room and simulator training as well as simultaneous on-the-job training.

The Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for this project was a consortium of GS Engineering & Construction Corporation and Daewoo Engineering & Construction Company who were awarded the contract in May 2005. The plant foundation stone was laid in April 2006 by His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Heir Apparent.

Qatargas operates the refinery on behalf of the shareholders: Qatar Petroleum (51 per cent), Total (10 per cent), ExxonMobil (10 per cent), Cosmo (10 per cent), Idemitsu (10 per cent), Mitsui (4.5 per cent) and Marubeni (4.5 per cent).

Source: Qatargas.com