The backbone of Qatar’s oil and gas industry is formed by three major industrial areas. These areas include planned cities, managed by Qatar Petroleum, which house workers and their families.
Located 84 kilometers west of Doha, Dukhan Industrial City (DIC) houses workers from the Dukhan oil and gas facilities as well as their families. The oldest of Qatar’s industrial cities, it is currently undergoing a US$430 million physical redevelopment project. The four-phase plan – expected to be completed in 2022 – will cover all aspects of urban development, including improvements to infrastructure, housing, transportation and health services.
Mesaieed Industrial City (MIC) is located about 40 kilometers south of Doha and encompasses a full service port and residential community.
The city was developed in 1996 to provide small-scale and support industries to serve the needs of larger businesses. Major industries in MIC include refining and processing plants, and production facilities for fertilizers, petrochemicals, methanol, and vinyl.
Currently, MIC is undergoing a US$400 million renovation plan that will cover both office and residential areas. A number of additional projects are being implemented to modernize and develop MIC’s infrastructure, port and community facilities.
Ras Laffan Industrial City (RLC) is located on the northeast coast of Qatar, and serves as an important maritime port for energy products. The newest of Qatar’s industrial cities, it is one of the fastest-growing of such communities in the world.
The RLC port is undergoing an expansion project that will make it the largest man-made harbor in the world. This expansion will include additional berths and a dry-dock fabrication yard which will increase the port’s export capacity to 77 million tons per year by the end of the decade.
The world-class facilities at RLC have attracted the attention of several multi-national oil and gas corporations. To ensure that all development at RLC is conducted in environmentally-friendly manner, the Health, Safety and Environment Department was created to support end users and contractors in meeting all local environmental regulations.