By Sami Zaptia.
Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC) reported that it is nearing the completion of a project to install four new gas compressors.
This project, it reports, comes within the framework of its ongoing efforts to secure target quantities of natural gas, and the optimal utilization of reserves available within its gas field.
To this end, the NOC reported that Wafa field NC-169, operated by Mellitah Oil and Gas Co is nearing the completion of a project to install four new gas compressors.
The NOC says that this strategic project aims to use the new compressors to compensate for the low pressure of the reservoir, and stimulate wells to produce additional quantities of gas.
The completion of operating tests for gas compressor (D) and the first fire of its turbine is expected on October 28, 2018. The so-called first gas flow (First Gas) from compressor D is expected on November 4, 2018. Operating tests and gas production from the second compressor (C) is expected to complete by mid-November – two weeks after the first compressor is operational.
The additional quantity of gas resulting from the start up of the first compressor is estimated between 25 and 30 million cubic feet of gas per day (MMSCFD).
The NOC estimates that this additional quantity of gas will increase to between 70 and 80 MMSCFD following the operation of the second compressor – and up to 100 MMSCFD following the third.
It estimates that according to the project implementation plan, the third and fourth compressors (A and B) will become operational in February and March 2019 respectively.
The NOC says that this is an “important and strategic” project – achieved under difficult circumstances throughout its implementation – that will enhance the country’s gas production and support the national economy.