Equipment and process technology provider GEA Group has supplied two centrifuges for monoethylene glycol (MEG) purification at BP’s West Nile Delta offshore natural gas field in Egypt.

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Image: GEA delivers centrifuges for MEG purification at West Nile Delta project. Photo: courtesy of GEA.

The West Nile Delta project involves development of five major fields, Taurus, Libra, Giza, Fayoum and Raven, in the first phase. The other discoveries, including Maadi, Viper, Ruby, Polaris and Hodoa, are planned to be developed in later phases.

For the West Nile Delta project, the MEG purified by GEA’s equipment protects a 42km pipeline which carries gas from nine wells in the Taurus and Libra fields to the onshore facility.

The MEG is used to prevent corrosion and blockage of gas pipelines.

Delivered to BP’s gas treatment plant near the port of Alexandria, Egypt, the centrifuge package comprised two WSD 200 centrifugal separators.

The separators operate in parallel, round-the-clock to offer better separation performance and reliable operation on a single skid measuring 12m x 7m x 6m.

Wellstream Processing group, which is a part of the Process and Flow Technologies business unit within National Oilwell Varco (NOV), has handled the complete MEG regeneration project.

Wellstream Processing group senior mechanical engineer Bruno Sersante said: “The GEA centrifuge technology in the NOV MEG Regenerations Units has been subject to varying process conditions, interfaces and client requirements.

“We have seen how a very well prepared GEA team has been capable of delivering a complex package on a tight schedule and with a high-quality standard. Their open approach has helped us to successfully meet the challenges set by our client along the way.

“NOV appreciates the proactivity and flexibility of the GEA team in meeting every challenge for the successful execution and delivery of projects on time and in budget.”

GEA carried out centrifuge manufacturing and project management at its facility in Oelde, Germany, while its Dubai office assisted with front-line contact.

The firm’s partner, KGD, has assembled the centrifuge skid in Hereford, UK.

BP owns 83% stake in the West Nile Delta project while the remaining stake is held by German oil and gas company DEA.