Nawara gas treatment plant, Tunisia

Turnkey project will be key part of country's economy

ABB has been awarded a $216 million contract to deliver a gas treatment plant to the South Tunisian Gas Project (STGP).The order was awarded by OMV Tunisie Production GmbH, a subsidiary of Austrian energy group OMV, and was booked in the third quarter.

The project will be executed in a consortium with the Canadian company, Thermo Design Engineering Ltd. The total contract value is $291 million.

ABB will be responsible for the turnkey delivery of the Nawara gas treatment plant (GTP) including gas separation and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) extraction units. It will also provide key automation, communications and power components, including the control system and transformers and switchgear for the electrification of the plant.

The GTP will separate commercial natural gas from heavier hydrocarbons, which will then be fractionated to produce propane, butane and LPG used in many industrial, commercial and manufacturing applications. The plant will have a design capacity of 2.7 million standard cubic meters per day, and is expected to start production by October 2016.

The STGP is a strategic infrastructure project that is being carried out by a 50/50 joint venture between ETAP, Tunisia’s state-owned oil and gas exploration and production company, and OMV Tunisie. Once complete, STGP will allow the country to increase its domestic production of low-carbon gas as well as its hydrocarbon exports. The overall project includes central processing facilities at the Nawara well site, a 370 km pipeline and a gas treatment plant in the Ghannouch industrial district near the coastal city of Gabès.

Main data

 Customer:  OMV (Tunesien) Production GmbH
 Site:  Nawara gas field, near city of Gabès in south of Tunisia
Customer need:  Turnkey gas processing plant for recently discovered hydrocarbon field.
Scope:  Engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of a new gas treatment plant, including gas separation and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) extraction units, together with the supply of all power, automation and communication systems.
Application:  Natural gas treatment plant
Customer benefits: Cost-effective solution to vital link in Tunisia's energy infrastructure.
Commissioning year: 2016

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