US-Qatar forum points to Golden Pass and other LNG projects as helping meet new climate goals

Tuesday, 07 September 2021
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The first liquefaction Train at the US Golden Pass LNG export project being constructed in Texas for a joint venture between Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil is still on schedule to come on stream by 2024.

The latest US-Qatar Business Council (USQBC) discussed the LNG market at its latest meeting in Doha and the effects of LNG projects like Golden Pass helping nations meet goals to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by substituting coal for LNG and making natural gas production even cleaner.

Ras Laffan to Texas

It was confirmed by Qatar Petroleum and Qatari officials that the Golden Pass project was making steady progress.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission formally approved the transformation of the existing Golden Pass import terminal located on the Sabine-Neches Waterway in Texas into an export plant back in December 2016.

The Qatar-ExxonMobil project has advanced at a slow pace because of doubts several years ago over market demand issues that have now been resolved and work is underway to construct three liquefaction Trains with around 16 million tonnes per annum of output.

While the first Train is still scheduled to come on stream in 2024, the second Train is expected to follow six-to-eight months later and Train 3 six-to-eight months after that.

Agenda

The USQBC meeting was on line and participants in Qatar and the US discussed how LNG would drive a sustainable energy world.

It featured a panel discussion involving Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, Chairman of the Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah International Foundation for Energy and Sustainable Development and Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry of Qatar.

“Liquefied natural gas is a critical bridge fuel to a green energy economy,” said Al-Attiyah.

“The task now is to meet global LNG demand and ensure facilities adhere to the highest sustainability standards,” he added.

Golden Pass has continued to progress its site development activities since 2019 and in July 2021 submitted another chapter to FERC of the Implementation Plan to expand work at the site.

The project’s engineering, procurement and construction contractor is a joint venture comprising Chiyoda Corp. of Japan and US companies McDermott International and Zachry Group.

The EPC companies have been making sure that local businesses received priority consideration for work and has awarded almost 40 local sub-contracts since actual construction began in May 2020.

Qatar Petroleum owns 70 percent of the project and 30 percent is held by ExxonMobil.

The US major is also Qatar’s main partner in the existing Trains in Qatar itself which produce 77 MTPA. The Ras Laffan facility is being expanded to 110 MTPA and then even more Trains will be added for 126 MTPA of output.

ExxonMobil itself gave details in April 2021 of a proposed huge public-private carbon storage project at the centre of the US Gulf Coast LNG industry that would collect CO2 from petrochemical plants and refineries in the area and bury them under the Gulf of Mexico.

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