Fadhili facility maximum gas production70.8 mcm (2.5 bcf)
Aje FPSO processing capacity45,000 bopd
Upgraded annual capacity of Heydar Aliyev Oil Refineryaround 150,000 bpd
TOGY 2016 AwardsDecember 26, 2016
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Offshore development: The development plan of the offshore sour gasfields Arabiyah and Hasbah – which are part of the Al Wasit gas programme – was awarded the Upstream Project of the Year in The Oil & Gas Year Saudi Arabia 2016.
In what will be a key part of the Al Wasit gas programme, the Arabiyah and Hasbah gasfields will feed the onshore Fadhili central processing facility. Saudi Aramco has finished the onshore section of the Wasit gas project, part of the largest industrial complex for gas in the world, at a cost of USD 2.1 billion.
The new plant, which was commissioned in February 2016, will process 36.8 mcm (1.3 bcf) per day of gas from the Hasbah field and 33.9 mcm (1.2 bcf) per day from the Arabiyah field. It comprises a central processing facility, natural gas liquids fractionation facilities and a sulphur recovery unit. The processed gas will be used to generate electricity during peak summer network demand. When the Fadhili facility reaches maximum production, which is scheduled to happen in 2019, it will be capable of processing a total of 70.8 mcm (2.5 bcf) of gas.
A landmark achievement: Indigenous independent producer Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum (YFP) was named Upstream Company of the Year. Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum ushered in a new chapter in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry history as the first company to strike oil outside of the Niger Delta.
“This landmark achievement was realised on May 3, 2016, when more than 25 years of doggedness and tenacity paid off,” acting managing director Mobolaji Musah told TOGY in 2016.
The Aje field, located in OML 113, put Lagos on the list of Nigeria’s oil-producing states for the first time. After more than 25 years of exploratory, appraisal and developmental activities, Yinka Folawiyo successfully pioneered the opening of the Frontier Benin Embayment. YPF operates the Aje field using an FPSO, the Front Puffin.
Musah: “A new-build FPSO was never an option. We were however fortunate to identify a vessel of opportunity, Front Puffin, in the Philippines that was at the end of its contract year with the capacity to process 45,000 bopd and store 750,000 barrels, which meets the specifications and requirements for the Aje fast-track oil development. We only had to make minor modifications to the existing topside, together with the addition of a metering skid, a regulatory requirement and gas compression modules.”
Revamping a refinery: A SOCAR-Foster Wheeler joint venture, founded in 2011 with the purpose of establishing a local downstream engineering company to contribute to the expansion of Azerbaijan’ refining and petrochemical sectors, won the Engineering Company of the Year award. It won because it was awarded the front-end engineering design (FEED) in April 2016 for the revamp of the Heydar Aliyev Oil Refinery (HAOR). The modernisation will increase the refinery’s overall processing capacity from around 120,000 bpd to some 150,000 bpd. Among the plant’s main upgrades due to be commissioned are a bitumen plant in 2018, a diesel fuel plant in 2019 and a gasoline plant in 2020. These facilities will allow the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) to produce Euro 5-compliant fuel.
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