Iraq Opens Major Gas Processing Plant At Halfaya

(MENAFN- Iraq Business News) By John Lee.

Iraq's Prime Minister Mohammed Shia' Al-Sudani inaugurated a major gas processing project in the Halfaya oilfield in Maysan governorate, with a capacity of 300 million standard cubic feet per day.

Deputy Prime Minister for energy Affairs and Minister of Oil, Hayyan Abdul Ghani, stated that the commissioning of the Halfaya gas processing plant represents a significant addition to the industry's utilization of associated gas and the prevention of its flaring, transforming it into a valuable energy source to support Iraq's energy sector.

The Halfaya gas processing project is one of the most important integrated projects achieved thanks to the directives and follow-up of the Prime Minister and the efforts of the joint management of the Halfaya field, comprising China's PetroChina [ CNPC ] and Maysan Oil Company (MOC) , which adhered to the Ministry's plans and programs.

The plant, designed with a capacity of 300 million standard cubic feet per day, consists of two units with a capacity of 150 million standard cubic feet each. It is part of Petrochina's commitments under the licensing rounds contracts.

Abdul Ghani explained that the project aims to sweeten and dehydrate the gas, then separate its main components to produce dry gas for the national grid to supply power plants in Maysan, including the Al-Amarah government plant and the Maysan investment plant, generating over 1,200 megawatts. It will also produce liquefied gas for cooking and automotive fuel, with an initial capacity ranging from 1,100 to 1,200 tons per day.

Additionally, the project will contribute to the production of gas condensates at a rate of up to 20,000 barrels per day, which will be blended with crude oil to enhance its marketing specifications. It will also produce sulfur as a by-product of gas processing, with a capacity of 20 to 40 tons, to be marketed by the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO).

The Deputy Minister for Gas Affairs, Ezzat Sabir, stressed that the project will contribute to stopping gas flaring, preserving a clean environment, and supporting the government's and ministry's efforts to invest in associated and free gas, as well as renewable energy.

Sabir added that the ministry has succeeded in utilizing 61 percent of associated gas and aims to reach 78 percent by the end of the year, with ongoing projects to invest in associated gas in oilfields to stop flaring and convert it into useful energy.

(Source: Ministry of Oil)

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