By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Feb. 14 -- Saudi Aramco has commisioned a gas-oil separation plant (GOSP) in the final phase of a three-part development project in the southern end of supergiant Ghawar oil field (OGJ, Oct, 11, 2004, p. 56).
Haradh GOSP-3 is expected to reach capacity of 300,000 b/d of Arabian Light crude oil and 140 MMscfd of gas in the second quarter of 2006. At peak, it will handle production from 32 new wells.
About 160 km of new pipelines and extension carry hydrocarbons to the Abqaiq Stabilization Plant and 'Uthmaniyah Gas Plant for processing.
The new GOSP, built by Saudi Techint Ltd., a unit of Techint International Construction Corp. of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has completely automated well control and monitoring.
A 413-tonne high-pressure production trap, 7.3 m in diameter, accumulates and separates wet crude, formation water, and gas. Crude moves from there to a low-pressure production trap, dehydrator, and desalter. Water is reinjected into the oil reservoir.
The crude pipeline to Abqaiq has two 10,000 gpm, 4,000 hp shipper pumps.
The gas pipeline to 'Uthmaniyah has a 1,140 hp motor-driven gas compressor and two 10,460 hp motor-driven compressors.
The project included installation of more than 150 km of pipelines and extensions to carry treated seawater and produced salt water for injection, a third gas-turbine-driven water-injection pump at Haradh GOSP-2, and a third seawater-supply motor-driven booster pump at Hawiyah Central Water Injection Pump Station. It will use 520,000 b/d of treated seawater.