Saudi Aramco has awarded a contract for a permanent communications system to be installed at its Haradh Increment Programme to local firm Networks & System Integration (NESIC Saudi Arabia).
The project is part of Aramco's gas compression programme at Haradh and Hawiyah.
NESIC Saudi Arabia is a subsidiary of Japanese information and technology company NEC.
The scope of work involves engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of permanent communications infrastructure and services, including SCADA-RTU Systems and backbone connection to support the operation of the nine new Gas Compression Plants (GCPs), seven Liquid Separation Stations (LSSs) and three Operational Support and Administration Areas.
Fahad Al-Helal, Saudi Aramco vice president of project management, signed the contract during a ceremony at Aramco’s headquarters in Dhahran.
The Haradh natural gas and oil development lies 280km southwest of Dhahran. The work, which began in December 2000, consists of a gas plant capable of delivering 1.5 billion cubic feet a day (cf/d) of sales gas to Saudi Arabia’s Master Gas System and a gas oil separation plant (GOSP) capable of stabilising 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Arabian Light crude oil.
With burgeoning demand for electricity from local industries, households and infrastructure schemes, Aramco has embarked on a strategy to boost its production of natural gas.
The kingdom’s National Transformation Programme (NTP) sets a target for raising domestic gas production to 17.8 billion cf/d by 2020 and to 23 billion cf/d within the next decade, up from a current production rate of 12.5 billion cf/d.
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