gas processing

Under the $216m contract, 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.

The company will also provide key automation, communications and power components, including the control system and transformers and switchgear for the electrification of the facility.

The GTP can separate commercial natural gas from heavier hydrocarbons, which will then be fractionated to produce propane, butane and LPG used in several industrial, commercial and manufacturing applications.

The plant, which is anticipated to commence production by October 2016, will have a design capacity of 2.7 million standard cubic meters per day.

ABB Process Automation division head Veli-Matti Reinikkala said: "The award of the Nawara project to ABB reflects our focus on delivering turnkey solutions for medium-sized plants in the upstream and midstream oil and gas segments.

"The high modularization content of Nawara allowed us to significantly shorten the construction time and be competitive in winning this order."

The project will be implemented in a consortium with Canada-based Thermo Design Engineering.

A 50/50 joint venture between Tunisia’s state-owned oil and gas exploration and production company, ETAP, and OMV Tunisie is undertaking the STGP project.

Image: ABB will provide the Nawara gas treatment plant for the STGP project. Photo: Courtesy of ABB.