Compression headed to new Algerian plant

The El Merk central processing plant, to be operated by Groupement Berkine in Algeria’s Berkine basin, will receive turbo compression equipment from GE Oil & Gas in a $100 million contract executed through subcontractor Petrofac.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Apr. 19
-- The El Merk central processing plant, to be operated by Groupement Berkine in Algeria’s Berkine basin, will receive turbo compression equipment from GE Oil & Gas in a $100 million contract executed through subcontractor Petrofac.

GE’s scope of supply for the project includes three turbo compressors for gas injection and two turbo compressors for residue-gas service, along with three motor-compressors for gas booster service and three for associated gas services.

The turbo compressors will be manufactured in Florence, Italy, and will start to be shipped to the project site in September, while the motor-compressors will be built in Le Creusot, France, and shipped to Algeria, also in September.

When the new central processing plant enters service, starting in phases late next year, it will be able to handle 98,000 b/d of oil, 28,800 b/d of condensate, and 31,000 b/d of LPG.

Groupement Berkine is a joint operating venture between Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Sonatrach, formed to develop and produce several oil fields in the deserts of Algeria. From its Hassi Berkine site, Groupement Berkine produces 250,000 b/d.

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