After a group photo in front or the headquarters and under the ever shining sun, we move inside the building and its main conference room. This room is scarcely furnished: The ceiling is low and the walls are not decorated; only Sheickh Hamad bin Kalifah Al Thani and his son, Sheickh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, are watching over us.
- Qatar has the world's third largest gas reserves (13.6 %).
- I am about to visit the world's largest LNG liquefaction facility (69.2 MMtpa capacity) of the world.
- Qatar's offshore North Field hosts 6 % of the world's natural gas reserves.
- The Ras Laffan facility is about 80 km long and about 50 km large.
- The gas storage tanks have a capacity of 64 MTPA.
- The LNG production in Ras Laffan is carried out by 5 separate legal entities, i.e. Qatargas 1 (commissioning in 1996), Qatargas 2 (commissioning in 2009), Qatargas 3 (commissioning in 2010), Qatargas 4 (commissioning in 2011) and Laffan Refinery (commissioning in 2009).
- I also learn that the capacity of Qatargas' LNG trains has increased significantly, from 1.1 MTPA in 1964 to 4.8 MTPA in 2006. I will learn more about these famous mega trains later.
In between the labyrinth of tubes, I can see only a few workers in yellow overalls (Yellow overalls for the contractors' employees, orange overalls for QP's employees). Their preferred means of transportation is bicycles.
The main control room (MCR, for insiders like me!)