Baker Hughes, a GE Company (BHGE) said it was awarded a contract by the South Gas Company of Iraq to help recover flare gas for Nassiriya and Al Gharraf oilfields.
The contract involves BHGE developing solutions using advanced modular gas processing technology from United States and Italy, the company said in a statement.
The project will utilise the modular skid-mounted Gas Processing technology to build 200 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) NGL plant and is expected to be completed by 2021.
“As a local trusted partner to Iraq, BHGE is bringing advanced technologies and solutions that can help meet the Ministry’s goals for the industry,” said Rami Qasem, president for MENAT & India, BHGE said, adding that the contract will create more than 500 direct and indirect jobs for Iraqis to build capabilities and strengthen the local supply chain.
The project will support the development of a fully integrated natural gas liquid (NGL) plant at Nasiriya 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 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 the domestic demand for cooking gas, BHGE said.
The surplus LPG and condensate will be exported, generating high revenue to the Iraqi government.
Jabbar Al-Luaibi, Iraq’s Minister of Oil said, that this project is important achievement for the Ministry and marks the entry of a new phase for the sector, highlighted by time optimal utilisation of flare gas, which is a major milestone in the government’s extensive efforts to drive a better future for Iraq.