ABERDEEN – KBR Production Services has been awarded a contract to provide engineering and support services to the Badr Petroleum Company (Bapetco) for three new but related projects for the Obaiyed Gas Plant in Egypt. Bapetco is jointly owned by the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) and Shell Egypt N.V. KBR is the engineering and construction subsidiary of Halliburton Company.
Under the scope of the multi-million pound, two year contract, the first stage of overall modifications includes the tie-in of the third party Qasr field to the Obaiyed Gas Plant. It is expected that this work will be complete later this year and will equate to significant sales gas and associated liquid throughput to the gas plant.
A related and important part of the Qasr project will be to de-bottleneck and upgrade the existing gas plant to increase and improve overall performance, such that a total production capacity of 420 MM scf/d sales gas can be achieved with high availability of at least 95%. Finally, KBR Production Services will implement a new pre-compression scheme to sustain Obaiyed production. This will involve significant modification and upgrade to the gas plant.
"The Award of this contract reinforces KBR Production Services' reputation and expertise in successfully carrying out complex brownfield projects," says Jerome Lynch, KBR Production Services' international operations director. "We are delighted to be working with Bapetco. The brownfield project management and engineering skills available in Aberdeen combined with the local expertise available in our Cairo office will ensure that that this project is successfully delivered for Bapetco."
Mike Hackley of Bapetco added, "These new projects provide a step change in the future performance of the Obaiyed plant and we are pleased to have KBR Production Services as our partner in this exciting project."
Engineering work has already started in Aberdeen and at its peak the project is expected to employ approximately 50 people. It is anticipated that some personnel will move to KBR's office in Cairo, Egypt, to be closer to the site during the commissioning phase of the project.
KBR's Production Services group is a leading global onshore and offshore contracting organisation with a world-wide reputation for providing highly skilled project management, engineering, maintenance and construction services to the oil, gas and process industries.