Gazprom Neft launches the second process line at its gas treatment plant (GTP) at the Badra field, Iraq
Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gazprom Neft Badra has commissioned Line B at its 800 million cubic metre gas treatment plant (GTP) at the Badra field, Iraq.
The launch of this new process train marks the final stage in gas infrastructure development at the Badra field — the first stage of the full-cycle gas plant having been commissioned, as part of this project, in December 2017, with a launch ceremony attended by Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak, Minister of Oil of the Republic of Iraq Jabbar al-Luaibi, and Gazprom Neft CEO Alexander Dyukov. Total capacity at the gas treatment facility is 1.6 billion cubic metres of gas per year.
Dry feed gas, processed at the Badra field, is transported via a 100-kilometre pipeline to the Az-Zubaidiya power station, supplying electric power not just to provinces throughout Iraq, but also to the capital city of Baghdad. In addition to this, gas will be used to meet the Badra project’s own needs as fuel for the gas-turbine power plant. Five gas turbines are able to produce a total 123.5 MW of electric power, supplying oil and gas processing facilities, drilling rigs and oil-producing wells. A 10-MW overhead power line will soon begin feeding into the Gazprom Neft Badra accommodation complex, as well as into the town of Badra and neighbouring population centres. Natural gas liquids (NGLs) produced at the Badra project’s gas processing plant will be used to produce LPG to be supplied to the Iraqi state-owned Gas Filling Company. The plant also includes facilities for sulphur production and granulation.
Vadim Yakovlev, First Deputy CEO, Gazprom Neft, commented: “Commissioning Line B at the gas treatment plant marks the completion of modern gas infrastructure at the Badra field. Bringing the plant up to full operating capacity will significantly increase the efficiency of our asset, and ensure at least 95-percent utilisation of associated petroleum gas (APG). The Badra gas plant has become not just an important part of the high-tech industrial complex created by Gazprom Neft, but also an important element in the energy system of the entire region.”
The Badra oilfield is located in the Wasit Province, Eastern Iraq. Preliminary estimates indicate total oil in place at the Badra field to be in the order of three billion barrels. The contract for development of the field is expected to run for 20 years, with potential for extension by a further five. The contract was signed with the Government of Iraq in January 2010, on behalf of a consortium comprising Gazprom Neft (operator), KOGAS (Korea), PETRONAS (Malaysia), and TPAO (Turkey). Gazprom Neft’s share in the project is 30 percent, that of Kogas is 22.5 percent, Petronas’ is 15 percent and TPAO’s is 7.5 percent. The share of the Iraqi government, represented by the Iraqi Oil Exploration Company (OEC), is 25 percent.
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