The natural gas shortage in the Middle East is an ongoing issue with respect to power and infrastructure needs despite combined gas reserves within the GCC accounting for 1,500 Tcf. The UAE is having difficulty producing enough gas to meet demand and is turning its attention to more sour gas field development in the North West Area in addition to the expansion of the production capacity of the Shah Process Plant. Recent announcements that KBR has been awarded the FEED for the Dalma Gas Field in addition to the PMC for Hail and Ghasha Islands project are in keeping with ADNOC’s Integrated Gas Master Plan for expansion of its sour field facilities. Active plans are also ongoing in Oman who are about to process gas from the Khazzan Field and SNC Lavalin are supporting the process of bringing on-stream the necessary gas from both the Rabab Haheel and Kibal Khuff projects. In Kuwait, KOC has awarded a $1.3 billion contract to Petrofac for a sour gas gathering system for the Burgan Field. Saudi Arabia is moving towards producing 70% of its power requirements from natural gas and is focusing on enhancing sour gas conditioning as part of a $4 billion scheme to boost gas production for domestic consumption. Bids have recently been received for expansion of the Hawiyah Plant. 2019 will see the Fadhili Plant producing gas from the Kursaniyah and Hasbah Fields and the 75million scf/d gas processing plant at Midyan is nearing completion. The recent political upheaval in Qatar will impact their plans for their Barzan enhancement. TOTAL have recently signed a $2 billion contract with NIOC to develop phase 11 of the South Pars Field and produce gas from 2021, with the region’s largest offshore compression facility being a later part of the project.

In Central Asia the start up of the sulphur recovery section of the Kashagan processing plant is imminent and sour gas injection plans for Tengiz to enhance oil production by 42%, is expected to take place by 2022. Additionally sour gas reinjection will be the predominant factor at the Karachaganak project also by 2022. Moreover the Galkynysh plant in Turkmenistan is expected to produce 3 billion scf/d when at full capacity.

China is also developing sour gas processing plant with the latest being in Chuandongbei and processing from several sour fields with the final phase of the project expected by 2019. In Canada Keyera Corporation is to build a $625 million sour gas processing plant near Grande Prairie as well as SemCAMS building a significant processing plant, also in Alberta.

The technologies involved in sour field development and production are continuously progressing and the latest developments across the whole sour hydrocarbon management spectrum will be included in the well respected SOGAT Conference Programme. This programme as ever, will focus on presentations primarily from operator case studies, thus providing delegates with invaluable knowledge and data to employ in their own environments. It is hoped that this programme will meet the requests of having practical presentations on such issues as energy optimization and in improving heat recovery in SRU’s, successful recovery of acid gas in plant operations , integrity and reliability factors and effective and cost efficient contaminant removal for example.

In keeping with previous years, In Depth and Practical Workshops on topical issues that contribute to enhancing efficient operations will be presented in the first two days of SOGAT 2018 and will cover: Practical Amine Treating, Sulphur Recovery Practice and Design, Gas Compressors and the key aspects 0f Sour Oil & Gas Process Optimisation;

The SOGAT Exhibition will see leading vendors and suppliers present and thus SOGAT 2018 will continue its well known trend and reputation, as the international event that provides a one stop review of all the latest developments in global sour hydrocarbon management.

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