Petrobel 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 a division of Siemens AG to provide processing equipment for a gas plant connected to the first-phase development of deepwater Zohr natural gas field on the the Shorouk block offshore Egypt (OGJ, Sept. 7, 2015, p. 60).

Siemens Power & Gas’ Dresser-Rand business will deliver three of its proprietary SGT-400 industrial gas turbines, including associated electrical generators, to supply electric power to a gas plant currently under construction in Egypt dedicated to processing natural gas production from Zohr field, Siemens said.

As part of its scope of work under the contract, Dresser-Rand also will provide a service package that includes supply of spare parts as well as on-site maintenance.

Siemens, which valued the contract in the double-digit million euros range, said the turbine-generator sets are scheduled for delivery in early 2017.

The service provider did not disclose a precise delivery point for the generator sets.

This latest contract follows Petrobel’s previous contract award to Frames Group BV for design and supply of eight sour-gas filter coalescers and eight shell and tube heat exchangers, all of which will be installed at Zohr field’s onshore El Gamil processing plant (OGJ Online, Aug. 19, 2016).

With the Zohr development now on the fast-track, the Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum confirmed earlier in the year that Eni 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, according to Eni, which operating through IEOC Production, holds 100% of the Shorouk license.

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

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