Saudi Aramco said it will accelerate the completion of the first phase of its cross-country pipeline project to the end of the year in an effort to meet rising domestic natural gas demand.
The Master Gas System (MGS) will see a capacity expansion to 9.6 billion standard cubic feet per day (Bscfd) as the first-phase is completed, Saudi Aramco said in its weekly publication The Arabian Sun.
“Domestic natural gas demand has been increasing, driven mainly by the facilities and industrial sectors,” it said.
Saudi Aramco plans to nearly double its gas production to 23 billion standard cubic feet per day over the next decade as the government pushes ahead to meet gas demand and save crude for export and refining.
The first phase was accelerated to meet the scheduled commissioning date of the Rabigh II Independent Power Plant (Rabigh-2 IPP) at the beginning of this year to avoid burning high-valued liquid fuels, the company said.
The pipeline will also enable the company to meet its commitment to supply sales gas to King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC), while boosting the Kingdom’s economy by displacing the burning of crude oil with sales gas.
The project includes the installation of 960 km of 56-inch pipelines. The pipeline project includes mainline valve stations, scraper-launcher and receiver facilities, hot tap installations with jumpovers, black powder filters, and custody metering facilities.
The scope also includes two booster compressor stations at East-West Pump Stations 3 and 5, which include major inlet and outlet piping, black powder filters, gas meters, multiple compressor units and outlet gas coolers.
Buildings will house gas measurement instruments, a compressor and drive unit, as well as control rooms and operations.