SOGAT 2020 Virtual

29 - 30 September 2020
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates


Event Description

In the Middle East region which has the world’s largest sour gas reserves , pressure of demand from rapidly expanding economies particularly in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is resulting in the widespread exploitation of these sour gas resources. Foremost among these projects has been the Emirate of Abu Dhabi which  runs a gas deficit of 18 bcm per year and thus such sour gas activities are uppermost  in its efforts to meet electricity demand.

In tandem Abu Dhabi has rapidly risen  to become the largest sulphur producer in the world, with around 7 million t/a of sulphur capacity which is  more than 10% of global production . When the Shah expansion  and Ghasha projects are in operation  this figure will increase ,  thus making the produced Sulphur an ever increasingly important commodity to ADNOC . Recently they have  launched the second onshore contract for the $4 billion Manayif sour gas plant, part of the ongoing development of the Ghasha project  and the package covers gas compression platforms, drill centres and subsea pipelines, as well as the offshore gas-processing plant.

Saudi Arabia’s gas demand is also rising rapidly for electricity production and   have turned to their standalone gas reserves, most of which are sour, and  therefore, like Abu  Dhabi,  Saudi  Arabia has  found itself increasingly having to process highly sour gas fields. The latest operational gas plant will be Fadhili, which will take 2.5 billion scf/d of sour gas from an expansion of the Arabiyah - Hasbah fields.  In  Oman the Yibal Khuff Sudair project , aims to tap the Khuff deep oil and associated sour gas deposit beneath an existing sour field to produce much needed sales gas . Kuwait’s Central Agency for Public Tenders has recently announced that it will invite companies to bid for two upcoming Kuwait Jurassic sour gas production facilities JPF-4 and JPF-5 .Qatar continue their plans for the Barzan enhancement with completion the second phase of the project imminent .  Sanctions  play a part in Iran’s sour field activities and elsewhere in the region the state-owned Basra Oil Company in Iraq is expected to award the contract for the sour gas treatment facility at its Majnoon oil field. It has also  been reported that in Egypt all of the sulphur recovery units as part of the Zohr gas field development have been commissioned  and that gas production from the field has now reached 2.7 bcf/d,  five months ahead of schedule.

So within the Middle East, where projects have access to ports for onward export, new sour gas production will  boost the sulphur market supply.

The area of sour gas exploitation in Central Asia is mostly around the Caspian Sea region, with  new exploration  focused in on and offshore reserves in the North Caspian arena and onshore reserves in Turkmenistan’s Galkynysh Field. Russia’s activities around the Caspian Sea coast are mainly looking to sweeten  gas  with  no sulphur  recovery. Lukoil  has a sour gas play at Hazri, with three wells drilled so far, where gas is 12% H2S. Hazri is still in the  appraisal phase, but Lukoil have said that if it did develop the field, it  would look to re inject the sour gas , a practice followed in Kazakhstan.

PETRONAS continue with their programme of monetizing and processing acid gas felds in Malaysia. China is also developing sour gas processing plant with the latest being in Chuandongbei. Sour gas production in North America continues to run down, with shale gas still commanding the dominant share of the market.

So it can be seen the sour hydrocarbon activities continue globally and  associated sulphur production from sour natural gas will continue to be the largest slice of new sulphur capacity over the coming years.

The technologies involved in sour field development and production are and will continue to progress and the latest developments across the whole sour hydrocarbon management spectrum  shown in the technical scope  will be included in the well respected SOGAT Conference Programme. This programme will focus on invited presentations primarily from operator case studies, thus providing delegates with invaluable knowledge and data to employ in their own environments.

A new departure  to be presented in  SOGAT 2020 will be an in depth look at the Sulphur Supply Chain against the background of ADNOC being the largest sulphur producer globally. This will be covered within the INTERNATIONAL SULPHUR FORUM, an integral and important requested addition to SOGAT. The intentions and topics to be debated  in this Forum are shown in the drop down pages of ABOUT SOGAT.

The SOGAT Exhibition will see leading contractors, vendors and suppliers for both gas conditioning and sulphur management  present, thus enhancing SOGAT 2020 as the international event that provides a one stop review of all the latest global developments in these important and specialized fields.

Event Organiser

Dome Exhibitions
P O Box 52641
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Phone : +971 2 674 4040
Fax : +971 2 672 1217

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