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Saudi Arabia and UAE expected to increase gas spending

Ahead of SOGAT 2017, Saudi Arabia and UAE are set to increase their spending on gas, with UAE especially evaluating major expansion in development of sour gas fields such as Hail and 50% expansion of the Shah Process Plant.

The design concept of this expansion is being reviewed by Amec Foster Wheeler, who will be participating in SOGAT 2017, and will examine O2 enrichment as an integral part the enhanced gas handling and throughput requirements. Technical advancements and development of efficient and cost effective processes for gas conditioning have opened new ventures for the market players to invest in R&D. Two such new developments will be launched at SOGAT 2017 and are ‘cMISTTM; Compact Inline Dehydration Technology’ from ExxonMobil. The natural gas industry is increasingly pursuing compact and lower weight processing technology for offshore, onshore, remote, and challenged gas processing. cMIST™ enables 50% dehydration system weight reduction and 50 – 80% absorber footprint reduction along with significant capital cost savings. The technology is highly modular to allow for simple transportation into remote, challenged, or offshore environments and provide installation configuration flexibility. This new technology will be presented in the Middle East for the first time.

The second is from Paqell and focuses on the ‘Techno-Economic Impact on the Improvements of the THIOPAQ O&G Process for Sulfur Recovery’. The latest improvements are far reaching, as the rates and efficiencies of the process have been increased significantly. This paper gives an overview of the technical and economic impact of these improvements based on two cases studies and the new technology is being launched at SOGAT 2017.

Within SOGAT 2017, the Workshop from GASCO and Al Reyadah on ‘Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCUS)’, which is part of the ADNOC Integrated Gas Master Plan, will be of benefit to all those attending. ADNOC has taken a lead in the Middle East with Al Reyadah, a joint venture between Masdar and ADNOC, to be the first specialized company focused on exploring and developing a commercial-scale CCUS project, particularly focusing on CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).

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