Iraq Ministry of Oil and BHGE sign flare gas recovery contract

BHGE agreementThe contract signing. (Image source: BHGE)The Iraqi Ministry of Oil and BHGE, the newly created GE company merging Baker Hughes with GE’s oil and gas business, have signed a contract for fast-track solutions to help the recovery of flare gas

BHGE will develop advanced solutions for flare gas at the Nassiriya and Al Gharraf oilfields, using modular gas processing technology developed in the USA. 

In the first stage of the project, the advanced modular gas processing solution will be deployed to dehydrate and compress flare gas to generate over 100 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of gas.

The Nassiriya plant will then be expanded to a complete natural gas liquid (NGL) facility to recover 200 MMSCFD of dry gas, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and condensate. The project will create direct and indirect jobs for Iraqis and help grow the local supply chain requirements that support Iraqi small and medium enterprises.

The modular solution will also support power plants with dry gas for efficient power generation, thus helping meet the growing demand for electricity using clean fuel. The project will also contribute to curtailing the amount of gas flared in the fields of Nassiriya and Gharraf that otherwise goes to waste.

The LPG and condensates produced will help meet the domestic demand for cooking gas. The surplus LPG and condensate will be exported, generating revenue for the Iraqi government.  Contributing to the social and economic development of Nassiriya, the project is aligned with the vision of the Ministry of Oil and the government.

Rami Qasem, president, MENAT and India, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, said, “The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has outlined a clear vision and strategy to maximise the utilisation of natural resources, especially gas. As a full-stream company that combines physical and digital strengths to increase reliability and uptime across the entire spectrum of oil and gas development, we bring advanced solutions that can support in transforming the industry and contribute to all-round development through our in-country investments in Iraq. We are committed to supporting the Ministry of Oil in its strategic goals, and in deploying advanced flare gas solutions and to build the country’s oil and gas infrastructure.”

Last year, BHGE signed a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Oil to strengthen the performance of the Iraq energy sector by providing advanced equipment, technology upgrades, maintenance of the Ministry of Oil fleet and ensuring knowledge transfer, skills development and local jobs. BHGE has also strengthened its localisation initiatives in the country. 


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