KBR wins Azeri OGPC Gas Processing Plant PMC
The State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) selected the Houston-based engineering company KBR to provide project management consultancy (PMC) for the front end engineering and design (FEED) of the gas processing plant (GPP) within its Oil & Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex (OGPC) project in Azerbaijan.
To be located on 1,500 hectares 60 kilometers from Baku in the Garadagh district of Baku, the so called OGPC project should include a refinery and a gas processing plant and a petrochemical complex.
In March 2013, SOCAR is sending the signal to move on with this project.
The selection of the routes in competition for the export pipelines to Europe should come on second half 2013.
Since Azerbaijan is one of the few countries in the world with significant reserves of oil as well as natural gas, the development of downstream projects requires balanced capital expenditure between gas processing facilities and crude oil refining.
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Actually estimated to require $17 billion capital expenditure, the Oil & Gas Processing and Petrochemical Complex (OGPC) in Baku should include a:
– Gas processing plant (GPP) to treat the raw natural gas coming from ACG, Shah Deniz phase 2 or Umid and separate it into ethane, propane, butane, methane
– Crude oil refinery
In this context, SOCAR is starting to award the key contracts for this OGPC project.
From their conceptual study, the SOCAR defined the capacity of its OGPC project based on:
– 10 to 12 billion cm/y for the gas processing plant
– 670 000 t/y polyethylene (PE) unit
– 550 000 t/y polypropylene (PP) unit
– 200,000 b/d (10 million t/y) refinery including 20 processing units
With this OGCP project, SOCAR is intending to supply the local market with the refined products to cover the increase of the domestic consumption in transportation fuels, while the natural gas and the petrochemical products should be exported.