Gazprom Neft has finished the installation of liquefied petroleum gas storage tanks at Badra oilfield’s Central production facility (Iraq). The total number of the tanks installed is eight; their total weight exceeds 1,500 tons. The heavy weight equipment was installed with the help of giant crawler caterpillar cranes, each having the lifting weight of 550 tons.
The storage tanks were delivered from Iraqi port of Umm-Qasr, 500 kilometers south of Badra. Each storage tank is 47 meters long, 8 meters wide and 5 meters high. The oversize cargo was transported by special multiwheel trailers. Some above ground constructions and power lines were dismantled, bridges solidified, and some segments of the roadways widened in order to let the tanks pass.
The gas processing facility, which will have a total capacity of 1.6 billion cubic meters per year, is expected to be put into operation in 2017. With the construction of a new production line, natural gas liquids (NGL) and dry-stripped gas will be separated from the associated petroleum gas and hydrogen sulphide used to produce granulated sulphur.
With the start of operation of the facility the rate of the gas utilization is expected to reach 99 percent.
Under the conditions of the agreement with the government of Iraq on the development of Badra field, all the capital investment expenditures incurred in gas treatment infrastructure will be compensated. Subsequently, the remuneration for the gas produced will be on the same terms as for the oil.