Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Saudi Arabia: Construction of Karan gas project now under way

The first phase of construction of Saudi Aramco’s Karan gas program is now under way on the four main contract packages that were awarded in March.
The chief contractors involved in the program are J. Ray McDermott, Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co., Petrofac, and GS Engineering.
Last month, the team responsible for the offshore platforms and subsea pipeline package started fabrication of 30,000 metric tons (33,069 tons) of steel for 38 structures. Work on the three onshore packages, the Karan gas facilities, pipeline utilities and co-generation, and the Karan Sulfur recovery and Manifa gas facilities is also under way at Khursaniyah.
Karan is the company’s first non-associated offshore gas field development. Offshore facilities will comprise four production platforms connected to a main tie-in platform that will feed sour gas through a 68.3-mile subsea pipeline to the processing complex in Khursaniyah.
On arrival, the gas will be processed through three trains, each with a capacity of 600 MMcf/d, with facilities for gas sweetening, acid-gas enrichment, dehydration and propane refrigeration.
Saudi Aramco aims to produce 450 MMcf/d by mid-2011.

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