A “major environmental investment” has been opened in Qatar, which aims to reduce the emissions from the country’s bustling LNG industry

The biggest project of its kind and one of the largest environmental investments in the world, the Jetty Boil-Off Gas Recovery (JBOG) Project in Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLIC) represents a significant milestone in the State of Qatar’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from its LNG industry.

The JBOG Project is part of the Common Facilities Projects at RLIC and it is led and operated by Qatargas on behalf of Qatar Petroleum and RasGas Company Limited (RasGas). It is an environmental project to recover the gas flared during Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) loading at the six LNG berths in Ras Laffan Port.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by His Excellency Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry, senior government officials, and senior executives from Qatar Petroleum, Qatargas, RasGas and project shareholders.

Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum and Chairman of Qatargas, said the JBOG Project is not only the biggest environmental project in the world, but also one of the largest investments of its kind, at nearly $1bn.”

Speaking at the inauguration event, Al-Kaabi, said, “Protecting the environment has always been a holistic commitment in everything Qatar Petroleum and its joint ventures do. This commitment is embodied in a number of initiatives, amongst which this project is the largest and most comprehensive with regards to protecting the environment and exploiting the natural resources of the state.”

“The JBOG Project demonstrates the commitment of the State of Qatar to balance industrial development with care for the environment and reinforces our pioneering and leadership role in the energy industry.”

The JBOG Project will result in a 90% reduction in flaring at the six LNG loading berths at Ras Laffan, 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 750mW of power or to power 300,000 homes.

Ras Laffan is the world’s largest LNG export terminal and the only facility where multiple LNG ships can be loaded simultaneously. JBOG posed a great challenge and is very unique because it had to be designed to recover the boil off gas from multiple ships loading simultaneously.

Since the start of the first recovery of jetty boil-off gas in October 2014, jetty boil-off gas has been recovered from over 500 ships. The start-up of the JBOG Project has demonstrated that Qatar is not only the largest producer of cleaner energy for the world, in the form of LNG, but has also invested heavily to ensure the reduction of the carbon emission in its LNG production facilities.