Wafa field gas compressor project nears completion

Within the framework of ongoing efforts by the National Oil Corporation (NOC) to secure target quantities of natural gas, and the optimal utilization of reserves available within Wafa field NC-169, Mellitah Oil and Gas Co (MOGCO) is nearing the completion of a project to install four new gas compressors. This strategic project aims to use the new compressors to compensate for the low pressure of the reservoir, and stimulate wells to produce additional quantities of gas.

The completion of operating tests for gas compressor (D) and the first fire of its turbine is expected on October 28, 2018. The so-called first gas flow (First Gas) from compressor D is expected on November 4, 2018. Operating tests and gas production from the second compressor (C) is expected to complete by mid-November – two weeks after the first compressor is operational.

The additional quantity of gas resulting from the start up of the first compressor is estimated between 25 and 30 million cubic feet of gas per day (MMSCFD). The corporation estimates that this additional quantity of gas will increase to between 70 and 80 MMSCFD following the operation of the second compressor – and up to 100 MMSCFD following the third. According to the project implementation plan, the third and fourth compressors (A and B) will become operational in February and March 2019 respectively.

On the occasion of the announcement of the inauguration of this important achievement – which will enhance the company’s gas production and support the national economy – NOC and MOGCO extend their sincere thanks and gratitude to the technicians and engineers who have contributed to this important and strategic project, having worked under difficult circumstances throughout its implementation.