Qatargas’ Jetty Boil-Off Gas (JBOG) recovery facility has recently achieved a major milestone marking its 1000th loading with the LNG Ship, Rasheeda. Since operations started in October 2014, the JBOG facility has safely recovered approximately 535,000 metric tonnes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which is enough to power as many as 300,000 homes.
A ceremony was organised last week at Qatargas Headquarters in Ras Laffan Industrial City to celebrate this achievement, which was attended by Sheikh Khalid bin Abdulla Al-Thani, Chief Operating Officer – Engineering & Ventures, Ahmad Helal Al-Mohannadi, Chief Operating Officer – Operations, Randy Lee Stadler – Chief Safety, Environment & Quality Officer, Ahmad Ashkanani – Onshore Operations Manager, Alae Sadic Al Hassan – Engineering Manager, Saleh Aseel – Operations Technical Support Manager, Mohamed Brahmi – CLNG Asset Manager, Michael Koo – JBOG Project Manager and staff at the JBOG facility.
JBOG’s first year of operation has been very successful, with the project team being able to operate this unique facility from start up with no major issues. The team has successfully recovered the boil-off gas from the ships while at the same time managing all the challenges to operate the facility since the JBOG plant uses one of the largest boil-off compressors ever built, which operates in a wide range of conditions and is a technical first for the manufactures. Favorably, all these challenges have been overcome by the team.
During one year of operation, the JBOG facility has returned over five hundred thousand metric tons of gas to the ventures and reduced flaring by around 90 per cent. This is a significant contribution from Qatargas to realizing some of the major environmental objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030 for reducing carbon emission and demonstrates its commitment to supply clean energy to the world, safely and reliably.
As part of the Common Facilities Projects at Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC), the JBOG Project 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, designed to recover the gas flared during LNG loading at the six LNG berths in Ras Laffan Port.