Solar wins Margham contract

08 February 2002

The US' Solar Turbines International Company was awarded in late January an estimated $45 million contract on the Margham field development project in Dubai. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract calls for the installation of facilities to maintain production and increase supplies of natural gas to Jebel Ali (MEED 4:1:02; 26:10:01).

The project will be carried out in two stages. The first involves the installation of a new control system for the operation of the gas-processing plant. The second calls for the installation of a new inlet gas compressor and an additional slug catcher and process cooler, as well as modifications to the existing train. Works will take two years.

The onshore Margham field produces about 20,000 barrels a day (b/d) of condensate and about 230 million cubic feet a day of gas. Dubai Electricity & Water Authority uses the natural gas as feedstock for power generation. The condensate is used by Emirates National Oil Company at its 120,000-b/d refinery at Jebel Ali.

Australia's Worley carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) work for the project. Canada's VECO Corporation is the project management consultant. The client is Margham Dubai Establishment, which is wholly owned by the government of Dubai (MEED 31:8:01).

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