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Qatar is building one of the world’s largest sulphur processing plants in its industrial zone, Ras Laffan, to treat sulphur from the giant North Field. Once in operation it will be able to receive 12,000 tonnes of sulphur per day, enough to fill end-to-end cargo trains stretching two kilometres.

Sulphur will be extracted in liquid form from natural gas that flows into multiple gas plants in Ras Laffan. The sulphur plant will convert it into solid granules for temporary storage and shipping to markets around the world. 

Sulphur is mainly used to make sulphuric acid, one of the most important chemicals in industrial processes. It is widely used in the fertiliser industry, the rubber industry, and for making steel and pharmaceuticals.

A new use for sulphur

Sweetcorn harvesting with tractor and trailor.

One of the most promising uses for sulphur comes from a Shell-patented technology that adds a mix of elemental sulphur and sulphate to fertilisers. Shell Thiogro technology makes sulphur — a vital nutrient for many crops — more readily available to plants throughout the growing season. The benefits of more effective sulphur use in fertiliser could be significant: tests on crops by Shell and the Sulphur Institute in the USA showed it can increase yields by 14% on average in sulphur deficient soils.

Qatar is building one of the world’s largest sulphur processing plants in its industrial zone, Ras Laffan, to treat sulphur from the giant North Field. Once in operation it will be able to receive 12,000 tonnes of sulphur per day, enough to fill end-to-end cargo trains stretching two kilometres.

Sulphur will be extracted in liquid form from natural gas that flows into multiple gas plants in Ras Laffan. The sulphur plant will convert it into solid granules for temporary storage and shipping to markets around the world.

Sulphur is mainly used to make sulphuric acid, one of the most important chemicals in industrial processes. It is widely used in the fertiliser industry, the rubber industry, and for making steel and pharmaceuticals.

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Preparing for production at the world's largest plant to convert natural gas into clean-burning liquid transport fuel and other high-value products.