27 September, 2005
Oil and gas services company, Petrofac, has been awarded a contract to carry out front-end engineering and design (FEED) for the development of the Hasdrubal field, offshore Tunisia by BG Tunisia.
With conceptual and pre-FEED work for the offshore and onshore facilities already completed by Petrofac from its Woking (UK) office, the plan is to develop the field with a normally unattended installation, and produce hydrocarbons through a new multiphase export pipeline to onshore processing facilities that will be constructed adjacent to the existing BG Tunisia Hannibal Plant.
“Petrofac successfully addressed a number of technical issues during the conceptual design phase” says Bob Czarnecki, Petrofac’s process technology director. “The design of the multiphase pipeline was a particularly crucial area where innovative thinking reduced the pipeline sizing and resulted in a significant reduction in the overall project cost estimate”.
Once in operation the Hasdrubal onshore facilities will export sales gas to the Tunisian gas grid and condensate to a storage facility along the coast at La Skhira via a newly constructed pipeline. The facilities will also produce separate liquid propane and butane products, making the very most of the value of the hydrocarbon fluids being extracted from the Hasdrubal field.
“The award of the Hasdrubal FEED builds on other recent successes in Tunisia” says Mike Cannavina, Petrofac’s business development director. “This project is highly significant given the major contribution that it will make to Tunisian domestic production and Petrofac is delighted to be involved in such a high profile project”.