Construction of a wellhead platform in the third development phase began last year.
Lukoil estimates reserves at 129 million tonnes of oil and 30
billion cu m of natural gas.
EnQuest to decommission Thistle, Deveron
EnQuest PLC will manage physical decommissioning of Thistle
and Deveron oil fields in the UK North Sea using as much as
$50 million from BP, which holds 1% interests in the fields.
EnQuest, which holds the remaining interests, received an
option for BP funding of the projects when it acquired a 25%
interest in Magnus oil field from the larger company last year
(OGJ Online, Jan. 24, 2017).
Production from Thistle, discovered in 1973, began from
the Thistle Alpha platform in 1978. Deveron, a 1972 discovery,
started producing in 1984 through deviated wells drilled from
the Thistle platform.
PROCESSING QUICK TAKES
Operator lets FEED contract for La. methanol complex
IGP Methanol LLC (IGPM), Houston, has let a contract to CB&I,
Houston, to provide front-end engineering design (FEED) services for work related to construction of its proposed 7. 2 million-tonne/year Gulf Coast Methanol Complex (GCMC) on a
140-acre parcel next to the Mississippi River near Myrtle Grove
in Plaquemines Parish, La. (OGJ Online, Jan. 8, 2018).
The FEED contract, which also includes terms for exclusive selection of CB&I for the engineering, procurement, and
construction of each of the complex’s four identical methanol
trains, will be used to produce a binding lump-sum price contract for GCMC’s construction, the service provider said.
CB&I did not reveal a value of the contract.
This latest contract follows IGPM’s previous award to Haldor
Topsoe AS to deliver engineering and technology licensing for
GCMC’s four identical 1.8 million-tpy methanol plants that will
be equipped with Haldor Topsoe’s proprietary SynCOR methanol technology, including supply of proprietary state-of-the-art
catalysts and equipment (OGJ Online, Feb. 2, 2018).
Awarded its Title V air-quality operating permit by the
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality on Jan. 4., the
grassroots complex will be developed in four phases and, once
completed, will produce refined methanol from gas, water, and
oxygen, which will be sent to dedicated tanks and transferred
to associated marine vessel-loading facilities for export.
As part of the project, IGPM will install a product-loading
system at the existing dock with a vapor-recovery system to
recycle product back to the complex to reduce emissions and
provide best-in-class safety.
Wherever technologically feasible, control equipment (e.g.,
tank-vessel scrubbers) will be employed to recover methanol
emissions and recycle it back into the process with 95-98%
efficiency, while the boiler and related process equipment will
emit only substances associated with burning of clean fuel (i.e.,
natural gas) and small amounts of process gases.
Construction of each $900-million train will last about 26
months, with some overlap of subsequent units, the operator
IGPM—which also has selected project partners for natural
gas supply, gas transportation, oxygen and nitrogen supply, as
well as storage and loading—additionally will build common
services infrastructure for the complex.
GCMC is scheduled to begin production in late 2020.
Contract confirmed for SOCAR’s Baku refinery revamp
Tecnicas Reunidas SA, Milan has confirmed its previously let
contract by State Oil Co. of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR),
through its joint-venture contractor SOCAR-KBR LLC, for
work on the modernization and expansion now under way at
the Heydar Aliyev refinery at Baku.
As part of the $800-million lumpsum contract, Tecnicas Reunidas subsidiaries Tecnimont SPA and KT-Kinetics Technology SPA will deliver engineering, procurement, and construction
for reconstruction and refurbishment of processing and associated plant installations, the service provider said.
Alongside installation of several new grassroot process
units, Tecnicas Runidas’ scope of work under the contract also
includes installation of associated utilities and storage aimed at
upgrading the refinery to process to about 7. 5 million tpy from
its current 6 million-tpy capacity as well as enabling 100% production of Euro 5-quality fuels and high-quality raw feedstock
for SOCAR subsidiary Azerikimya Production Union’s nearby
petrochemical plant (OGJ Online, June 9, 2017).
New process units to be included in the project include a
naphtha splitter, a diesel hydrotreater, an isomerization unit,
a hydrogen production unit, two pressure-swing adsorption
(PSA) units, a C4 hydrogenation unit, a methyl tertiary butyl
ether unit, and a sour-water stripper equipped and associated
sulfur-recovery unit (OGJ Online, Apr. 26, 2016).
Process technologies for new units will be supplied by KT-Kinetics Technology as well as other major refining licensors,
Maire Tecnimont said.
The project is scheduled to be completed within 41 months,
according to the service provider.
To be implemented in three stages, the modernization project will involve upgrades to existing equipment as well as installation of 14 units, SOCAR said.
Phase 1, to be completed in 2018, includes construction and
start-up of a bitumen plant, unidentified associated plants, and
a gas-filling station at the site.
Scheduled for completion by yearend 2020, Phase 2 will include construction of storage installations for Euro 5-quality
diesel as well as reconstruction of unidentified units.
Phase 3, which will be completed by 2021, involves construction of an A-92/95/98 gasoline plant with products conforming to Euro 5 standards.