NGL plant in the pipeline for Iraq’s Nassiriya oilfield

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has plans to implement a modular natural gas liquid processing plant at the Nassiriya oilfield, as part of a contract it has signed with GE's Baker Hughes

Iraq's Ministry of Oil has signed a contract with GE's Baker Hughes for the development flare gas solutions.
Iraq's Ministry of Oil has signed a contract with GE's Baker Hughes for the development flare gas solutions.

Iraq’s Ministry of Oil has plans to implement a modular natural gas liquid (NGL) processing plant at the country’s Nassiriya oilfield, it has been announced.

In a statement, Baker Hughes, a GE company (BHGE), said that the recommendation for the plant came as part of a contract it has signed with the ministry for the recovery of flare gas.

Under the terms of the contract, BHGE will develop systems for flare gas at the Nassiriya and Al Gharraf oilfield using modular gas processing technology developed in the United States.

The project will reportedly be developed in two stages. In the first stage, modular systems will be deployed to dehydrate and compress flare gas to generate more than 100 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of gas.

The second stage, meanwhile, will see the expansion of the proposed Nassiriya plant into a complete NGL facility that can recover 200 MMSCFD of dry gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and condensate.

According to BHGE, the project is expected to not only create direct and indirect jobs for Iraqis, but also boost local supply chain requirements, supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises in the process.

The project will also help in curtailing the amount of gas flared in the fields of Nassiriya and Al Gharraf that otherwise goes to waste, the company added.

Rami Qasem, president for the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey (MENAT) and India at BHGE, commented: “The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has outlined a clear vision and strategy to maximise the utilisation of natural resources, especially gas.

“We are committed to supporting the Ministry of Oil in its strategic goals, and in deploying advanced flare gas solutions and building the country’s oil and gas infrastructure.”

BHGE pointed out that in addition to entering into a partnership with the country’s oil ministry, it has strengthened its localisation initiatives by expanding its technical services facility in the North Rumaila oilfield.

The facility reportedly offers testing, repair, and refurbishment services, as well as undertakes fabrication and assembly of key products.

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