BHGE to recover flare gas at Iraqi oilfields

Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE) has been awarded a contract by the South Gas Company (SGC) of Iraq for fast-track solutions to help the recovery of flared gases in Nassiriya and Al Gharraf oilfields.

As per the agreement, BHGE will develop solutions for flare gas recovery at Nassiriya and Al Gharraf oilfields using advanced modular gas processing technology developed in the United States and Italy. The project will utilize the modular skid-mounted Gas Processing technology to build 200 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) natural gas to liquid (NGL) plant and is expected to be completed by 2021.

The project will support the development of a fully integrated NGL plant at Nassiriya that will recover 200 MMSCFD of dry gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and condensate. The modular solution will support power plants with dry gas for efficient power generation, thus helping meet the growing demand for electricity using clean fuel. It will also contribute to curtailing the amount of gas flared in the fields of Nassiriya and Al Gharraf that otherwise goes to waste.

The advanced technology used to develop the plant will help produce more than 1,000 tons of LPG per day and recover more than 900 cubic meters per day of condensates, which will help to meet domestic demand for cooking gas. The surplus LPG and condensate will be exported, generating high revenue to the Iraqi government. Contributing to the social and economic development of Nassiriya, the project is aligned with the vision of the Ministry of Oil and the government.

Iraq’s Minister of Oil Jabbar Al-Luaibi attended the agreement-signing ceremony and said that this project is an important achievement for the Ministry and marks the entry of a new phase for the sector, highlighted by optimal utilization of flared gases, which is a major milestone in the government’s extensive efforts to drive a better future for Iraq. He also highlighted the significance of this project for the province of Dhi Qar specifically and for Iraq in general. Adding that BHGE will provide its latest and advanced technologies and solutions to optimize the use of flared gases at the Nassiriya and Al Gharraf oilfields recovering 200 MMSCFD of dry gas daily.

“As a local trusted partner for Iraq, BHGE is bringing advanced technologies and solutions that can help meet the Ministry’s goals for the industry. This contract is a testament to our continued commitment to supporting the Ministry of Oil’s strategic goals by deploying advanced flare gas solutions to build the country’s oil and gas infrastructure. The project will create more than 500 direct and indirect jobs for Iraqis, build local capabilities and strengthen the local supply chain,” Rami Qasem, CEO of BHGE Middle East, North Africa, Turkey and India, highlighted.

BHGE is the first and only company in the world to provide a full-stream offering covering products, services and digital solutions for the oil and gas sector, from upstream, midstream to downstream. BHGE has been a committed partner to Iraq for more than 50 years, with three offices in Iraq – Baghdad, Erbil and Basra – and more than 350 employees in country, and continues to deliver its latest technology and expertise to its local customers.

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