The award was accepted on behalf of the two project partners by Mr. Matthias Bichsel, Shell’s Director of Projects & Technology, and Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, QP’s Director of Oil & Gas Ventures.
The IPTC Excellence in Project Integration Award is given to a project that adds value to a company through the entire process and value chain and exemplifies strong teamwork, solid geoscience knowledge, reservoir and production engineering acumen, determined and watchful construction, and outstanding facilities engineering practices. Equally important, the winning project must have demonstrated a pervasive culture of health, safety & environment (HSE), it must have also had a positive impact on the country, the region or the world.
The awards committee consisted of ten members, including four IPTC board members and six industry leaders who possess strong technical reputations and are in a position to provide independent assessments.
Mr. Bichsel stated: “I am extremely proud and honoured to receive this award with our distinguished partner, Qatar Petroleum, and on behalf of the many talented and dedicated individuals in QP, Shell and our contractor partners who made Pearl GTL a reality. Inspired by the wisdom and vision of H.H. the Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Pearl GTL has established Qatar as the GTL capital of the world.”
Mr. Al-Kaabi said: “Pearl GTL is a reflection of the commitment and calibre of some of the industry’s brightest minds, and it not only incorporates some truly innovative technologies but also serves as a true example of excellence in project integration and a successful partnership. This award is another affirmation of the overarching strategy that QP has taken in the development of world-class projects for the continued growth of Qatar’s oil and gas industry.”
Pearl GTL, a fully integrated upstream-midstream-downstream development, is the world’s largest GTL plant and one of the world’s most complex and challenging energy projects ever commissioned. The delivery of GTL on such a vast scale as Pearl GTL is an example of uniquely integrated development. Pearl GTL involved all aspects of the gas value chain and achieved a record-breaking HSE performance.
The Pearl GTL project, established under a Development and Production Sharing Agreement with the Government of the State of Qatar, was launched in July 2006 and officially inaugurated in November 2011 by His Highness the Father Emir, Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.
Pearl GTL converts up to 1.6 billion cubic feet per day of wellhead gas from 22 offshore wells in Qatar’s North Field using the proprietary Shell Middle Distillate Synthesis (SMDS) process, which has been built on some 40 years of development and involves about 3,500 patents. From this, a range of high-performing GTL products is created, from gasoil to be used as diesel fuel, kerosene to be used as jet fuel, and base oil to be used for high quality lubricants, to naphtha and normal paraffin for the petrochemicals industry.