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With gas being a primary energy source in this region, attention is increasingly turning to unconventional sources with projects in shale gas planned, tight gas development gaining pace and sour gas evaluation increasing throughout the region, particularly in the UAE.

With the Bab sour gas field in the UAE expected to start production in 2020, allied to the anticipated production from Shah of 15.3 mcm of network gas per day, each project will contribute to the gas that is needed to meet the 15 % annual increase in power requirements for the region’s infrastructure development. Other sour gas fields in the UAE, such as Hail, are also under examination for potential development as well as ongoing projects such as Mabrouk in Oman, Manifa in KSA, South Pars in Iran, South Gas projects in Iraq as well as technically challenging projects in North Jurassic Gas, Kuwait together with sour hydrocarbon quests such as Barzan in Qatar.

Shah Project

However sour gas exploration and production is not limited to the Middle East given the considerable concentrations of sour gas located elsewhere in the world. Nevertheless with the level of activity here in the UAE, one could argue that it is becoming a centre of international sour oil and gas importance and focus.

These various sour field developments will mean that the associated sulphur production in the Middle East alone will increase by some 44 % in 2017. Moreover the technologies involved in sour field management and production are always progressing and the latest developments across the whole management spectrum will play a major part in the successful extraction of the necessary gas together with the beneficial uses of the CO2 elements contained in certain fields for EOR. However it is well known that sour gas streams contain various contaminants such as mercaptans, water and mercury, among other unacceptable components. Removing these contaminants is required prior to any downstream processing. The type and quantity of gas components that need to be controlled will dictate the number of technologies and units required to meet product specifications.

As in previous years tailored Workshops on topical issues in these and related areas will be presented in the first two days of SOGAT 2015 and the International Advisory Committee are planning workshops on Sulphur Recovery, Materials Planning & Management, Process Separation, CO2-EOR and Sour Gas Treatment and Effective Management.

The SOGAT Exhibition will see a number of the world’s leading vendors and suppliers returning yet again to support the event based on the reservations received to date.

Thus SOGAT 2015will continue its well known trend and reputation, underlined by the success of SOGAT 2014 in celebrating its 10th anniversary, as the international event that provides a one stop review of all the latest developments in Sour Hydrocarbon Management.


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