Shell expects production from Pearl GTL in 2011

DOHA, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L expects first production from its gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Qatar in 2011, a senior company executive said on Tuesday.

The cost of the Pearl super-clean fuels plant in Qatar was pegged at $18 billion to $19 billion, the company’s regional vice-president for finance, Gerrit-Jan Smitskamp said during a MEED conference.

The GTL project will be the world’s largest and will have a capacity of 140,000 barrels per day (bpd).

Total investment in Qatar’s GTL and liquefied natural gas projects (LNG) was at $21 billion, he said earlier. (Reporting by Simon Webb; Editing by Sue Thomas)


Reuters Breakingviews is the world's leading source of agenda-setting financial insight. As the Reuters brand for financial commentary, we dissect the big business and economic stories as they break around the world every day. A global team of about 30 correspondents in New York, London, Hong Kong and other major cities provides expert analysis in real time.

Sign up for a free trial of our full service at and follow us on Twitter @Breakingviews and at All opinions expressed are those of the authors.