Making the Most of Scarce Resources
Whenever crude oil is extracted, water, sand and natural gas are part of the mixture. And when large reserves were discovered in the Ixachi field south of Veracruz, Mexico, extracting and transporting the oil was the relatively easy part.
Separating and shipping the oil via pipeline is always fairly straightforward. Managing the natural gas is another matter.
“Oil is handled like a liquid and transported by pipeline or truck,” said Mudar Jamal Eddin, engineering director, Grupo Nuvoil. “Natural gas must be processed and compressed before it can be transported in commercial pipelines.”
If a processing plant is not accessible, producers typically ignite or “flare” the natural gas to dispose of it. This practice is both wasteful and raises environmental concerns. Flaring also represents a lost source of revenue for oilfield operators.
To keep flaring to the minimum and maximize returns, Ixachi operators called on Nuvoil to deliver a gas conditioning plant near the oilfield as quickly as possible. Nuvoil is a leading energy services and solutions provider headquartered in Veracruz.
Compressed Schedule. Complex Process.
The scope of work for the gas conditioning plant included engineering, procurement and construction – and operation and maintenance of the completed plant. Located on 32 acres about 10 miles from the well pad, the completed Papan Gas Processing Plant was specified to process 345 million standard cubic feet (345 MMSCFD) of natural gas per day.