Qatar – Container terminal design


The industrial city of Ras Laffan and its port together create the most significant industrial cluster of Qatar. At the same time, it is one of the busiest LNG terminals in the world. Qatar Petroleum ordered a FEED (Front End Engineering Design) port planning project from Ramboll Middle East. The project was divided into seven different subprojects. Designing the container terminal was the largest and most significant of these subprojects.

Assignment and results

EP-Logistics worked as a sub-consultant and was responsible for planning the container terminal in the port of Ras Laffan, simulating the phases of development and making sure the logistics between the industrial plant and the port worked properly. Among other things, the assignment given to EP-Logistics included scaling the needed number of handling equipment, finding out the market price and the time of delivery of the container handling equipment and compiled, in cooperation with the chief consultant, reports on the container terminal’s safety.


  • With the simulation models, it was possible to define the critical decision-making points of different phases of development, number of equipment and the loading levels
  • With functional planning, the capacity could be tested with different ship traffic, working hours and in case of both anticipated and unexpected malfunction
  • As an outcome Ramboll Middle East could compile data needed in the next phase of the project, specification documents for equipment procurement and information about the port’s operation and development of the transportation for Qatar Petroleum