Eni lets contract for Zohr gas processing plant

Belayim Petroleum Co. (Petrobel), a joint venture of wholly owned Eni SPA subsidiary IEOC Production BV and Egyptian General Petroleum Corp., has let a contract to Frames Group BV, Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands, to provide processing equipment for a gas plant connected to the first phase of development of deepwater Zohr natural gas field on the Shorouk block offshore Egypt (OGJ, Sept. 7, 2015, p. 60).

As part of the contract, Frames’ separation and heat transfer divisions, respectively, will design and supply of eight sour-gas filter coalescers and eight shell and tube heat exchangers, all of which will be installed at the onshore El Gamil plant (OGJ Online, Aug. 22, 2014), the service provider said.

With the Zohr development now on the fast-track to begin production by yearend 2017 (OGJ Online, June 20, 2016), Frames said it plans to complete delivery of the filter coalescers and heat exchangers within a year.

The company did not disclose a value of the contract.

Eni, operating through IEOC Production, holds 100% interest the Shorouk license, with Petrobel acting as operator.

Additional processing capacity

Earlier in the year, the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum confirmed Eni also has started construction on the first of two new plants in Egypt’s Port Said as part of its program to increase processing capacity for Zohr gas production (OGJ Online, Apr. 28, 2016).

Expedited as part of an effort to reduce costs and financial exposure, Zohr’s accelerated 1-bcfd startup phase is scheduled to begin production from six subsea wells connecting via a gas pipeline to the onshore plant at Port Said by yearend 2017 (OGJ Online, Feb. 26, 2016).

The project’s second phase, or the accelerated ramp-up-to-plateau, will add another 14 wells to boost production to 2.6-2.7 bcfd from 2019.

Second-phase plans also include another gas line as well as an additional onshore processing plant, Eni said.

The gas processing plants will host four processing trains of 350 MMcfd each.

Contact Robert Brelsford at rbrelsford@ogjonline.com.

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