First steel cut for Karan

Construction is under way on four main contract packages for Saudi Aramco’s first-phase Karan gas program, all of which were awarded this March.

Offshore staff

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia -- Construction is under way on four main contract packages for Saudi Aramco’s first-phase Karan gas program, all of which were awarded this March.

The chief contractors involved in this program are J. Ray McDermott, Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co., Petrofac, and GS Engineering.

Last month, the team responsible for the offshore platforms and subsea pipeline package started fabrication of 30,000 metric tons (33,069 tons) of steel for 38 structures. Work on the three onshore packages – the Karan gas facilities, pipeline utilities and co-generation, and the Karan Sulfur recovery and Manifa gas facilities – is also under way at Khursaniyah.

Karan is the company’s first non-associated offshore gas field development. Offshore facilities will comprise four production platforms connected to a main tie-in platform, which will feed sour gas through a 110-km (68.3-mi) subsea pipeline to the processing complex in Khursaniyah.

On arrival, the gas will be processed through three trains, each with a capacity of 600 MMcf/d, with facilities for gas sweetening, acid-gas enrichment, dehydration, and propane refrigeration.

Saudi Aramco aims to produce 450 MMcf/d from this scheme by mid-2011.

10/21/2009

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