Saudi Aramco announces development of Shaybah NGL recovery facilities

Saudi Arabian Oil Co., or Saudi Aramco, an oil and gas company, has announced that its Shaybah natural gas liquids, or NGL, recovery facilities are undergoing development in line with the company's corporate strategy to maximize revenues by boosting the recovery of resources.

The program includes building a grassroots NGL Recovery Plant, increasing gas handling of the existing Shaybah gas-oil separation plants (GOSPs) and building a new pipeline to deliver the recovered NGL for further processing.

The new facilities are being installed at various sabkhas (salt flats) in the Shaybah field. At Sabkha-57, the plant has just taken delivery of a hulking high-pressure trap (HPPT) vessel. Everything will be in place to introduce NGL recovery from the field by 2014. Main upgrades of the GOSPs are underway including a boost to the power generation infrastructure and a whole new power line network is being draped high above the dunes.

Shaybah NGL program director Abdullah Al-Sughaiyer explained: "The NGL facilities at Shaybah are expected to help us meet increasing demand for petrochemical feedstock by recovering valuable NGL from produced gas. Shaybah is still a symbol of possibility. The attention and focus Shaybah is receiving from all levels of business, government and academia is at an all-time high."

The scope of the project involves the construction of inlet facilities, gas treating units, NGL recovery trains, dehydration, residue gas compression, acid gas compression, NGL storage and shipping, an upgrade of the gas handling capacity for the four existing Shaybah GOSPs and other associated electrical and non-electrical utilities.

The project also includes a upgrade to increase the power generation capacity to more than 1GW by installing four cogeneration units, seven single cycle units, a 50 km 230kV transmission line, and the associated electrical and non-electrical utilities. The new facilities will extract high-value NGL components from 2,400 million standard cubic feet per day of Shaybah associated gas arriving from different existing GOSPs.