Escravos project adds GTL to Phase 3; nears Phase 2 start-up

The Escravos gas project, a joint venture of Nigeria National Petroleum Corp. (60%; NNPC) and Chevron Nigeria Ltd. (40%), has moved nearer its twin goals of reducing the country's gas flaring and finding commercial outlets for the country's huge natural gas reserves.As originally envisioned, the project consisted of three phases that spanned 1997-2005. Phase 1 started up in 1997; Phase 2 will start up before yearend, and Phase 3 targets 2005. Click here to enlarge imageFig. 1 presents the layout for Phases 1 and 2.In an added twist to the project, the joint-venture partners announced in early September an addition to Phase 3: installation of a gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant that will...

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