DOHA Oct 17 Qatar has delayed the start-up of
its Barzan Gas project because of a leak discovered in a gas
pipeline, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
The $10 billion project, a RasGas-operated joint venture
between Qatar Petroleum and Exxon Mobil, is
designed to meet rising domestic energy demand in the Gulf state
as it prepares to host the soccer World Cup in 2022.
After repeated delays, the project's first phase was due to
start in November, boosting Qatari gas production by up to 2
billion cubic feet per day when it reached capacity in the first
half of 2017. But a leak was discovered in recent weeks, the
"There was a gas leakage in one of the project's upstream
pipelines, the impact of which is still being assessed," said a
Doha-based source familiar with the project who declined to be
named as he was not authorised to speak publicly. "A start-up
this year is unlikely."
(Editing by Andrew Torchia and Adrian Croft)