Iraqi gas plant restored to full LPG sendout capacity

This story was updated July 26.

Dana Gas PJSC and Crescent Petroleum, joint operators of the Kor Mor LPG plant in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, have completed a $15 million reconstruction and upgrade to the loading and sendout areas of the plant following a 2012 accident involving a tanker.

The latest LPG loading safeguarding and control technology, the companies’ said, “enhances safety and control over the loading process.”

The 340 MMcfd Kor Mor plant can produce as much as 900 tonnes/day (almost 11,000 b/d) for markets in the neighboring regions. Inlet gas composition contains 8.52 mole % C2 and 4.06 mole % C3, the companies said in reply to an OGJ query.

Total cumulative petroleum production by the companies in their major gas operations in the Kurdistan region has now reached 88 million boe from continuous production since October 2008 with a total investment of more $1 billion, the operator said.

Production has reached a peak of 88,000 boe/d and averages 80,000 boe/d, which includes 15,000 b/d of condensate. Plans for further expansion in investment and production levels are under discussion with the Ministry of Natural Resources, the companies’ said.

In total, more than 415 bcfd of gas and 18 million bbl of condensate and liquids have been produced by the companies since 2008, with the gas supply to local power stations enabling 2,000 Mw of new electricity generation for the Kurdistan Region.

Technical achievements of the project, the companies said, include achieving first gas in a record 15 months, installing in 2008 a 180-km, 24-in. OD gas pipeline across mountainous terrain that required the clearing of minefields, installing the Kor Mor gas processing plant, and successfully drilling to tertiary reservoir formations at depths of 2,300 m.

Contact Warren R. True at warrent@ogjonline.com.

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