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Ras Laffan Industrial City

Ras Laffan Industrial City (Arabic: راس لفان‎, romanizedRa’s Lafān) is an industrial hub located 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Doha, Qatar. It is administrated by Qatar Petroleum.

Ras Laffan

راس لفان
An LNG terminal in Ras Laffan in 2012
An LNG terminal in Ras Laffan in 2012
Ras Laffan is located in Qatar
Ras Laffan
Ras Laffan
Coordinates: 25°51′27″N 51°32′20″E / 25.85750°N 51.53889°E / 25.85750; 51.53889Coordinates: 25°51′27″N 51°32′20″E / 25.85750°N 51.53889°E / 25.85750; 51.53889
Country Qatar
MunicipalityAl Khor
ZoneZone 75
District no.312
 • Total55.5 km2 (21.4 sq mi)

Ras Laffan Industrial City is the Qatar's main site for production of liquefied natural gas and gas-to-liquid. It hosts among others ORYX GTL and Pearl GTL plants, Qatargas and RasGas LNG plants, the Dolphin gas processing plant, the Laffan Refinery, and Ras Laffan A, B, and C integrated water and power plants. With an enclosed water area of approximately 4,500 hectares Ras Laffan Port is the largest artificial harbour in the world and contains the world's largest LNG export facility.


An 1824 map denoting Ras Laffan
Satellite imagery of Ras Laffan in 2006

The earliest-known English text to describe Ras Laffan was in the 1890 book The Persian Gulf Pilot, published by the Britain Hydrographic Dept. It recounts only geographic features, inferring that the area was not settled at the time.[2] In an early 1904 transcript of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf, Oman and Central Arabia by John G. Lorimer, it is mentioned that a pearling bank known as Umm Al Shebh is found off the coast of Ras Laffan, although Lorimer provides no description of Ras Laffan itself.[3]

As an industrial city, Ras Laffan was commissioned in 1996.[4] The purpose of its founding was to host petrochemical facilities for the natural gas obtained North Field.[5] The North Field, found in 1971, is the world's biggest natural gas field, occupying an offshore area of roughly 6,000 square km; more than half the size of the State of Qatar. North Field contains over 900 trillion tcsf of recoverable gas.[6]

Ras Laffan's commission in 1996 marks the completion date for the city's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant to convert the natural gas obtained from North Field into LNG.[7] At first, it was estimated that only 106 square km would be needed for industrial operations. However, in 2004, this figure was more than drastically increased, to 296 square km.[5]

In March 2011, the city signed a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Rotterdam on the occasion of an official visit by Queen Beatrix to Qatar.[8]

It was announced in May 2019 by Qatargas that the company's Ras Laffan terminal received its 10,00th non-LNG related shipment.[9]

Geography & environmentEdit

Far view of LNG production in Ras Laffan from the ridges of Jebel Jassassiyeh

Ras Laffan is located at a very low elevation and has sandy soils. It is 50 miles (80 km) north of the capital Doha and 23 miles (37 km) southeast of Ras Rakan. There is a reef off the coast.[2] Together with Fuwayrit, Ras Laffan accommodates approximately 30% of all sea turtle nests in Qatar.[10] Roughly 17 hectares of mangroves are found off the coast of Ras Laffan.[11]

In a 2010 survey of Ras Laffan's coastal waters conducted by the Qatar Statistics Authority, it was found that its maximum depth was 12.5 meters (41 ft) and minimum depth was 5 meters (16 ft). Furthermore, the waters had an average pH of 8.05, a salinity of 46.94 psu, an average temperature of 24.6°C and 6.86 mg/L of dissolved oxygen.[12]

Laffan Environmental Society is an environmental NGO formed as a joint partnership between Qatar Petroleum Industrial Cities and several other large companies operating in Ras Laffan. It was established as a response to calls for improved environmental management in the area surrounding the city resulting from petrochemical processing.[13]


Industrial infrastructureEdit

Oryx GTL plant in Ras Laffan

Currently, Ras Laffan accommodates three power generation and water desalination plants, abbreviated as Ras Laffan A, B, and C (also known as Ras Qartas Energy Plant). In 2014, Kahramaa announced a planned project which would see the desalination capacity of the plants increase from 35 million gallons of water per day to 65 million gallons per day. The project is set to begin in 2017.[14]

In 1999, a plan was conceived of by Qatar Petroleum to construct a facility which would meet the water cooling requirements of Ras Laffan's petrochemical industries. This project came to fruition with the launch of the facility's inaugural phase in 2003 with an hourly production capacity of 308,000 cubic meters of seawater. By 2010, the two remaining phases were completed, increasing the hourly production capacity to 937,000 cubic meters of seawater.[5]

In 2017, Qatargas and ExxonMobil launched the $10.4 billion Barzan Gas Project as a joint venture.[15]

Ras Laffan Emergency & Safety CollegeEdit

Ras Laffan Emergency & Safety College is a training center for emergency professionals created to address the safety needs of the city's industrial companies.[4]

Ras Laffan Support Services AreaEdit

Companies providing support services to the petrochemicals in Ras Laffan have been based in the specially-designated Ras Laffan Support Services Area since its inauguration in March 2013. The area's facilities consist of three large-scale workshops, a yard, and an administration building occupying an area of 46,600 square meters. Mainly, companies based in this area provide replacement and repair of damaged electrical and petrochemical-related equipment.[16]

Ras Laffan Port

Port of Ras LaffanEdit

The Port of Ras Laffan is the world's biggest petrochemicals export port, taking up a grand total of 56 square km.[4][5] The first time an LNG carrier docked in the port was in 1996. In 2015, the port had the capacity to dock 200 tankers annually.[5]

Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma ShipyardEdit

Named after the legendary Arab pirate Rahmah ibn Jabir al-Jalahimah, the Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard occupies 110 hectares and is used by Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar.[4]


The city is served by Ras Laffan Hospital, which is spread over 200,000 square meters and features four levels, including an underground level. The bed capacity is 118, with future plans to expand this with the addition of 100 beds. A mosque with a 400-worshiper capacity is also in the works. It has a 30-bed emergency building distributed over 6,000 square meters of the hospital. Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is responsible for overseeing the hospital's financing.[17]

One health clinic is in the city, and like the hospital, it too is financed by HMC.[17]


Ras Laffan is connected with Al Khor City through Al Huwailah Link Road. In November 2014, the 16-km road was improved by increasing it from one lane to four lanes.[18]


  1. ^ "District Area Map". Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b The Persian Gulf pilot: comprising the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Omán; and Makran coast. Great Britain: Hydrographic Dept. 1890. p. 126.
  3. ^ "'Persian Gulf Gazetteer, Part II: Geographical and descriptive materials, Section II: Western Side of the Gulf' [58v] (116/280)". Qatar Digital Library. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Ras Laffan Industrial City". Qatar Petroleum. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Development of the Energy Sector in Qatar During the Past Fifteen Years (1995 – 2010)" (PDF). Qatar Petroleum. 2010. p. 38. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  6. ^ "North Gas Field". Qatar Petroleum. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  7. ^ Justin Dargin (2010). "Qatar's gas revolution" (PDF). The LNG Review. p. 124. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Port of Rotterdam, Ras Laffan Industrial City Sign MoU (Qatar)". LNG World News. 11 March 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Qatargas achieves milestone with 10,000th ship loading by RLTO". Gulf Times. 14 May 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Nature's gift to Fuwairit, turtles". JustHere Qatar. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  11. ^ Mohammad Ahmad Shehadi (May 2015). "Vulnerability of mangroves to sea level rise in Qatar: Assessment and identification of vulnerable mangroves areas" (PDF) (Thesis). College of Arts and Sciences - Qatar University. p. 23. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Qatar Infrastructure Statistics" (PDF). Qatar Statistics Authority. May 2012. p. 29. Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Laffan Environmental Society". Qatar Petroleum Industrial City. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  14. ^ Amir Shabana (26 October 2014). "Qatar Electricity Boosting Desalination Capacity, Al-Sharq Says". Bloomberg. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Barzan Gas Project, Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar". Hydrocarbons Technology. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  16. ^ "New 'State-of-the-art' Engineering and Service facility". Mannai Corporation. 21 March 2013. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Ras Laffan hospital, health centre handed over to HMC". Gulf Times. Qatar News Agency. 21 November 2017. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Qatar's Al Huwailah Link Road opens to public". Road Traffic Technology. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 14 December 2015.

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