Oman turns to WEG to enhance gas recovery
Some of the country's older fields need investment to increase production
WEG has developed bespoke variable speed drive systems to help with extraction from some of Oman’s older oil fields where the natural pressure is beginning to fade.
Boosting extraction from depleting reserves is part of a $33bn project which aims to enhance Oman’s hydrocarbon production capabilities and help the country broaden its economic base.
It is expected that Oman will unlock about one trillion cubic metres of natural gas over the next 25 years, representing a long term sustainable competitive feedstock for its petrochemical industry.
Plans are also afoot to develop downstream industries such as the production of Ethylene Dichloride (EDC), Caustic Soda and other chemicals.
As part of this major effort, the PDO Saih Rawl Field Depletion Project, Phase 2, will see $550mn invested on developing a daily gas production capacity of 30 million cubic metres, which will be fed to the existing Saih Rawl central processing facility.
Extra compressors will be installed to increase the pressure so that gas continues to flow, enabling the field to feed the liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry while offering a back-up when other plants are shut down for maintenance.
“We have exceptional experience of developing complete drive solutions for oil & gas applications – both upstream and downstream – and our involvement in such a major project as the PDO Saih Rawl Field is a fine example of our commitment to help the oil and gas industry operate more efficiently and reliably,” commented Colin Cox, managing director, WEG Middle East.