Qatargas has presented its iconic environment project, the Jetty Boil-off Gas (JBOG) Recovery Project, at COP 21 UN Climate Change Conference, which is currently being held in Paris, showcasing the State of Qatar’s mitigation efforts to combat the effects of climate change.
Attending a session on “Role of Oil & Gas Technology to address Climate Change Challenges” organised as part of the Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) Side Events of the conference, Hazim Ali Al-Muraikhi, Environmental Affairs Division Manager, Qatargas, highlighted role of the JBOG project in minimising flaring at the six LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) loading berths in Ras Laffan Industrial City. The session was aimed at discussing the role of oil and gas technologies and research & development in Gulf Cooperation Council as well as the OAPEC countries towards combating the effects of Climate Change and raise resilience for Response Measures.
Al-Muraikhi noted that this US$ one billion environmental project will result in a 90 per cent reduction, equivalent to annual Green House Gas (GHG) savings of 1.6 million tonnes of CO2.
The project will help recover 29 billion standard cubic feet (bscf) of gas per year which is enough gas to produce 750 MW of electricity or to power 300,000 homes.
The JBOG facility was built and is operated by Qatargas. It started operations in October 2014 and recently achieved a major milestone marking its 1000th loading, safely recovering approximately 535,000 metric tonnes of LNG.
As the -160oC LNG is loaded onto the LNG ships, around one per cent of the LNG evaporates due to the difference of temperature between the LNG and the ship tank. JBOG collects the boil-off gas and transports it to a central compressor area. The gas is compressed, and then sent back to the LNG plants to be used as fuel gas or converted back into LNG. The compressor, specially built for the JBOG facility, is the first of its kind and the largest managing such low pressures and high volumes.
As part of the Common Facilities at Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC), the JBOG facility is led and operated by Qatargas on behalf of Qatar Petroleum and the LNG producers in Qatar. It is the biggest project of its kind and one of the largest environmental investments in the world.
Qatargas is committed to being a key contributor in the realization of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 to have a proactive and significant international role in assessing the impact of climate change through the responsible production of LNG while protecting the environment.