The salt cavern facility, located about 20 kilometres north of the Empress natural gas liquids (NGL) complex, will have a capacity to store about 1 million barrels of ethane
Currently, the phases supply 10 tons/hour of ethane
to plants for processing in a constant fashion, he said, adding that the amount is estimated to reach 70 t/h by the end of the year.
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3m t/y ethylene cracker plant using ethane
started up at Ras Laffan in 2010 for the Ras Laffan Ethylene Co.
The delegation members said that Ethane
was a smart, cost-effective and environment friendly fuel as it burnt with up to 80 percent fewer emissions as compared to oil and coal and was suitable especially for areas not served by natural gas lines.
UTOPIA would transport previously refined or fractionated NGLs, including ethane
and propane, with an initial 50,000 bpd of capacity, which is expandable to over 75,000 bpd.
Petrochemical companies in the Gulf rely heavily on ethane
feedstock to expand capacity, but while the region sits atop 40 percent of world natural gas supplies, the only regional player with a surplus is Qatar.
Naimi says Saudi Arabia is in the process of approving a "major budget item" to develop ethane
stripped from associated gas produced at the 750,000 barrel per day Shaybah oil field.
production from the western Canada sedimentary basin is estimated to be around 265,000 barrels per day, but supplies of conventional natural gas from the basin have peaked and are declining.
Scientists had thought that propane and ethane
could be produced only in the same way that petroleum is--by great heat applied to ancient, buried material.
Bacteria and archaea within underwater sediments could chew up buried organic material and spew out ethane
and propane as waste products, assert Kai-Uwe Hinrichs of the University of Bremen in Germany, and his colleagues.
In the past two years, there has been some speculation about the extent to which limited ethane
supplies in Saudi Arabia could put the brakes on its fast-growing petrochemicals industry.