BG Tunisia awards offshore compression contract for Miskar project

BG Tunisia has awarded a $70 million contract to Bechtel Group Inc. for the installation of a compression package on its Miskar natural gas field in the Mediterranean Gulf of Gabes, 125 km off Tunisia.

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, Aug. 20 -- BG Tunisia, a unit of BG Group PLC, has awarded a $70 million contract to Bechtel Group Inc. for the installation of a compression package on its Miskar natural gas field in the Mediterranean Gulf of Gabes, 125 km off Tunisia.

Based on the contract, Bechtel will modify the Miskar platform and install a single, 20-Mw, gas turbine-driven compressor, which is to be operational in 2004. The upgrade, BG said, will allow peak production from the field to be maintained for an additional 5 years. The revamp will also increase the total recovery of gas from the field, BG said. BG, under a long-term contract with Tunisia's state gas and electricity company Societe Tunisienne de l'Electricite et du Gaz, supplies more than 205 MMscfd of gas.

Siemens Demag Delaval Turbomachinery Ltd. has been contracted to build the compressor package, which will be housed in a 1,600 tonne module. The package will be installed in a single lift onto the top deck of the platform. Construction is planned to start in March 2003. Rolls Royce Energy Systems, a unit of Rolls Royce PLC, will provide the gas turbine.

"It has been 6 years since BG Tunisia produced first gas from (Miskar) field and these measures further underpin our commitment to offshore development and the country's energy sector," said Martin Houston, executive vice-president, BG Group.

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