Gas expansion project at United Arab Emirates awarded to Saipem

Shah gas plant

The gas expansion project of the Shah Gas plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was awarded to the Italian company Saipem, by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and U.S-based Occidental.

Firstly, the contract was, specifically, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract; for the Optimum Shah Gas Expansion (OSGE) & Gas Gathering project; whose operators are, precisely, ADNOC and Occidental.

Secondly, the contract includes engineering, the supply of materials, and the construction and commissioning of additional components at the Shah Gas plant. According to specialized media, the contract also involves an extension to the existing gas gathering network and new pad facilities.

Thirdly, the expansion project will be completed by 2023; and it’s expected to increase the gas processing capacity of the Shah plant by 13%; to 1.45 billion standard cubic feet per day (scfd) from1.28 billion scfd.

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Shah gas plant, the largest of its kind in the world

However, overall, the OSGE project aims for a 145% expansion of the plant’s original capacity. About its relevance, Tayba Al Hashemi, ADNOC CEO, said. “Shah’s expansion will optimize the plant, as well as improve both capacity and higher-end product recoveries; further growing our contribution as a safe and reliable supplier of gas to ADNOC and the UAE.”

She also added. “It enhances Shah’s position as a hub of sour operations expertise; developing the skills and experience of the next generation of Emirati professionals. Saipem was awarded this contract following a rigorous, competitive tender process.”

On the other hand, the Sha plant is the world’s largest of its kind; it is located 20km southwest of Abu Dhabi. It entered the operational phase in 2015.

Finally, about the contract, Saipem said in a statement. “Due to a higher sulphur content, the plant requires specific technologies to ensure safety and respect for the environment. The technologies utilized will ensure, moreover, continuity of production even during maintenance work; and also minimized downtime.”

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