reinjection, and have significant future development plans in Southern Oman together with a new challenging brown field mega sour gas project located below currently producing sweet reservoirs.
In Kuwait, Shell is also assisting KOC with their HPHT Jurassic sour gas fields. These deep exploration wells present some of the most challenging drilling conditions currently known.
Of the 24 phases of South Pars in Iran only 10 are operational and doubts exist over the 12th phase expected to be operational and producing 84 mcm of sour gas per day.
In Qatar, with its world dominance in LNG, they have recently started up another two of the largest LNG trains each having a capacity of 7.8 MTPA and are still producing around 2 million t/a of sulphur from natural gas processing at the Common Sulphur Facility at Ras Laffan.
When the Shah Field in the UAE is operational it expects to increase gas capacity by 10.34 bcm/y and all aspects of this project will serve as an international benchmark in future sour gas development. UAE sour gas interests are not limited to Shah as technical assessments have commenced for the Bab Field prior to tendering in 2015 which after expansion should increase production to 36.6 mcm per day. ADNOC have also invited Wintershall and OMV to investigate the potential of the Sour Shuwaihat Field. Similarly the offshore Hail Field is under technical review given its potential of producing 14.2 mcm per day of sour gas. This increase in sour gas output will be addressed by the Asab Gas Processing Facility and a further fifth plant at Habsham allowing 198.2 mcm per day to be processed.
Certain fields under development contain significant amounts of CO2. The interest in CO2 – EOR in the region as a whole continues and within Abu Dhabi, ADMA-OPCO is conducting a feasibility study for the Thanama Reservoir and ADCO’s plans with the Rumaitha Field are ongoing. Throughout the region there will also be a need for more plant to manage the increase in liquid sulphur by-products.
So the SOGAT 2013 Conference will see several examples of the state of the art acid/sour gas removal techniques being presented. Also featured will be the impending environmental needs to improve SRU efficiency, how to overcome the detrimental effects of various contaminations in sour gas processing, managing polluting emission risks, the proper management of engineering material selection to combat various corrosion scenarios and to avoid costly repair or re-design aspects, CO2 issues with respect to amine treatment and EOR usage and the all important HSE challenges with sour gases in protecting employees as well as the proper handling of liquid and solid sulphur to mitigate serious subsequent issues for the supply and distribution chain.
Thus together with the pre-conference range of detailed workshop topics and the increased number of exhibitors participating together with specific software demos from one exhibitor, SOGAT 2013 will provide a unique and one stop opportunity to benefit all from the latest developments in international sour hydrocarbon technology management and will continue to serve as the premier international meeting place for the sour gas community.
Visitors to the Exhibition are welcome and can attend for free but need to register at www.sogat.org.