Project: El Merk Central Processing Facility
Partners: Sonatrach, Anadarko, Maersk Oil, Eni, ConocoPhillips and Talisman (Algeria) BV
Project value: US$2.3 billion
In March 2009, we were awarded the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and start-up of the Central Processing Facility (CPF) installation at El Merk.
The CPF consists of:
Valued at approximately US$2.3 billion, the CPF project is considered the ‘jewel’ of the Algerian desert. The site is operated by Groupement Berkine, a joint venture of Sonatrach and the Anadarko Association (comprising Anadarko, Maersk Oil and Eni) on behalf of themselves and the other El Merk partners ConocoPhillips and Talisman (Algeria).
The site was developed to build the surface facilities needed for the exploitation of hydrocarbon liquid reserves from reservoirs in Blocks 208 and 405a in Algeria. The project is located in Block 208, 90 km south of the Sonatrach/Anadarko-operated Hassi Berkine South facility and more than 1,000 km from the coast.
Planned as the region’s production hub, El Merk processes an estimated:
The CPF also includes 500 million standard cubic feet of residue and re-injection gas compression and approximately 80,000 barrels per day of produced water treatment and re-injection facilities.
Performance highlights include:
During construction, more than 1,000 km of electrical cable was laid, along with 1,200 km of instrument cabling, and 225 km of telecom cabling.
Our work in the local community
As part of our commitment to community investment and the development of local skilled workforces, we established a craft training centre at El Merk to qualify local high school graduates in five construction-related work activities,:
This initiative was a great success; the programme trained and qualified approximately 75 people every quarter.
The project has achieved 25 million man-hours without an LTI, and has received numerous awards from our client recognising this achievement to be world class.
George Salibi, Project Director