However sour gas exploration and production is not limited to the Middle East given the considerable concentrations of sour gas located in Central and SE Asia, NW Australia, Central USA and North Africa. 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. For example it is expected that the construction tenders for the aforementioned Bab project will be awarded in the not too distant future. Currently the pre-FEED and FEED contracts are being determined and an appointment for a Consultant on same is imminent. The Bab sour gas field is expected to add 520 m scuf to gas needs but the reservoir gas is more sour than that in the Shah field and particular attention will be paid even more strenuously to the vital HSE management aspects given its location and surrounding environment.
These various sour field developments will mean that the associated sulphur production in the Middle East is expected to increase by some 44% by 2017 and further thereafter when Bab and other new fields are in production. 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. In most cases these compounds cannot be removed costeffectively by a single technology. 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 and these technology requirements will be a feature of the SOGAT 2014 Conference.
As in previous years tailored Workshops on topical issues in these areas will be presented in the first two days of SOGAT 2014 and such topics as Amine Treatment for H2S and CO2 Removal, Contaminant Filtration and Separation, Sulphur Forming and Handling Facilities, CO2 – EOR Management and Sour Gas Treatment and Process Optimisation will be presented and debated so as to give attendees an in depth insight into better understanding the technical requirements.
The SOGAT Exhibition will see a number of the world’s leading vendors and suppliers returning to support the event based on the reservations received to date.
Thus SOGAT 2014, which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary, will focus on all the latest new aspects of sour oil and gas processing at a time when the number of international projects is on the increase.