ADNOC builds new sulphur pipeline for Shah sour gas field operations

WCN Editorial Team 16 Oct 2018 MIDDLE EAST ENERGY & UTILITIES

ADNOC Sour Gas, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has announced that the work is on track to build a new sulphur pipeline that will carry molten sulphur produced by its Shah sour gas field, located south-west of Abu Dhabi, UAE.

The new pipeline will transport the liquid sulphur from the main processing plant to the granulation sulphur plant located 11km away, where the sulphur is granulated, stockpiled, and ultimately transported, through rail, to a sulphur handling terminal at ADNOC’s Ruwais Downstream hub.

Expected to cater for future Sulphur production expansion, the pipeline is scheduled to be commissioned in 2019. 

MMEC Mannesmann (Germany) is carrying out the engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the new pipeline.

ADNOC stated that about 60% the value of the EPC contract will flow back into the UAE economy under its In-Country Value programme.

Sulphur is produced in large quantities in sour gas fields as hydrogen sulphide (H2S) is removed from the gas before it can be further processed. The granulated sulphur is exported by ADNOC to fertilizer customers around the globe.

Occidental Petroleum in partnership with ADNOC is proceeding with plans to increase sour gas processing by 50% of existing capacity.

ADNOC believes that the expansion of the Shah processing facilities would make the firm one of the world’s largest producers of sulphur.

Of the one billion cubic of sour gas processed each day, the Shah plant produces 500 million cubic feet per day of network gas, 4,400 tons per day of natural gas liquids, 33,000 barrels per day of petroleum condensates and around 10,000 tons per day of pure granulated sulphur.

The Shah sour gas field and associated processing facilities are operated by ADNOC Sour Gas, a joint venture between ADNOC and Occidental Petroleum.

ADNOC operates across the entire hydrocarbon value chain, through a network of fully-integrated businesses, with interests that range from exploration, production, storage, refining, and distribution, to the development of a wide range of petrochemical products.

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Image: ADNOC constructing new sulphur pipeline for its Shah Sour Gas Field. Photo: Courtesy of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

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