Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) has announced the official award of a 510 million dollar project (equivalent to approximately 420 million euros) to SAIPEM for an engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPC) to expand the capacity of the Shah sour gas plant in Abu Dhabi, officially known as the Optimum Shah Gas Expansion (OSGE).
The OSGE project, which includes the supply of materials, construction and commissioning of the additional modules, is expected to be completed in 2023. It will increase the Shah gas plant processing capacity by 13%, taking it from 1.28 to 1.45 billion cubic feet per day, equivalent to a 145% overall increase compared to the original project, also carried out by SAIPEM in 2015.
The Shah onshore plant, located 200 kilometres south of Abu Dhabi, is the largest of its kind globally. It includes ultra-sour gas treatment units and sulphur granulation production lines, using particularly advanced technologies and complying with high safety and environmental protection standards.
The recovered sulphur is transported by Etihad Rail to the ADNOC coastal terminal at Al Ruwais and it is exported to markets worldwide for use in fertiliser production.
The changes that will be made to expand the plant will allow for integration with existing facilities, minimising impacts on production and minimising downtime.