Project: Engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning services for a gas processing plant and associated infrastructure and pipelines
Client/partner: SC “Turkmengas”, the state-owned National Gas Company of Turkmenistan
Location: Galkynysh gas field, approximately 400km south east of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Value: US$3.4 billion
Petrofac’s largest engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPC) project to date is the Galkynysh gas field project for SC “Turkmengas”, the state-owned National Gas Company of Turkmenistan.
The US$3.4 billion gas field development project was inaugurated following a successful commissioning of utilities and introduction of gas to process facilities in September 2013.
The gas treatment plant at the field, formerly known as South Yoloten, is capable of processing 10 billion cubic metres of gas per year.
Our teams provided engineering, procurement and commissioning work on a lump-sum basis for 10 BCMa the gas processing plant along with 20 BCMa infrastructure and pipelines. The entire development was completed in an ambitious 33-month programme which began in late 2010 following an initial US$100 million front end engineering and design phase.
Speaking at the inauguration event Petrofac Group Chief Executive, Ayman Asfari said: “I am delighted to witness the culmination of what has been a large scale and complex project, within a logistically challenging environment and aggressive deadline, set within a desert environment. At its peak the project had a workforce of 60 contractors with more than 14,000 employees, three quarters of whom were Turkmens.
“That our largest EPC project to date has successfully moved into the commissioning and start-up phase on time is testament to our discipline, focus on cost control, excellence in project execution, our partnerships with local suppliers and businesses, and a collaborative relationship with our client.”
The feed gas from the field contains up to 6% H2S, and the development includes gas treatment and sulphur handling facilities, along with well pad facilities, gathering facilities, infrastructure and utilities, condensate processing, storage and 100 kilometres of 56” export pipeline.
As part of the project, we were asked to connect the gas plant with the region’s rapidly growing railway infrastructure. We developed a sophisticated system for weighing the freight wagons, used for the export of condensate and sulphur, travelling at speeds up to 56kph and operating 16 hours a day.
As an extra accolade, the team was named the 2014 winner of a Petrofac EVE Award in the driven to deliver category.
Key facts about our presence in Turkmenistan:
- The Galkynysh field has been announced as the second largest gas field in the world – over 700 tcf gas reserves
- Petrofac has an office in the capital Ashgabat, with a small team based at site providing ongoing support to our client
- For the duration of the EPC phase of the project, we worked closely with the local community in Turkmenistan and employed 70 - 80% Nationals
That our largest EPC project to date successfully moved into the commissioning and start-up phase on time is testament to our discipline, focus on cost control, excellence in project execution, our partnerships with local suppliers and businesses, and a collaborative relationship with our client.
Ayman Asfari, Group Chief Executive