Aberdeen-headquartered Altra Energy has won an open tender for a capacity trial of the In Amenas Gas plant in Algeria.
The contract worth around £500,000 is for JV Gas, which is made up of BP, Sonatrach and Statoil and is expected to last eight months.
Altra, a multi-discipline facilities engineering company, will provide process and mechanical support for the preparation, execution and reporting of the live capacity trial to allow an increase in processing capacity above the design capacity.
The contract follows earlier work carried out by Altra to determine engineering work required to ensure increasing production can be achieved safely for an extended period.
Daniel McGowan, Managing Director of Altra Energy said: The planned capacity trial will give JV Gas the confidence needed to increase all three of its product streams - natural gas, LPG and condensate" and ultimately make the plant more efficient. We are extremely pleased to win this tender following our earlier evaluation project.
The In Amenas LPG wet gas processing facility is located in southern eastern Algeria and currently produces an annual rate of 28.2MMSm³ of wet gas. An internal study by BP revealed the facility has the potential of increasing the gas throughput by over 10%.
The project will involve Altra carrying out a variety of work including process simulation, flare and relief valve studies, vibration checks of thermowells, heat exchanger tube bundles and small bore pipework, mechanical and fixed bed integrity study, a turbo expander performance study and also a trip and alarm set point review. The team will develop the procedures for conducting the capacity trial and perform in conjunction with the JV Gas technical team, a HAZOP and Risk Assessment of the capacity trial procedures prior to carrying out the on-site trial.
McGowan added: We are increasing our international portfolio and are currently servicing a number of live projects in the Middle East, North Africa and Norway. This surge in overseas activity complements the work we are doing closer to home which includes engineering and designing the bridge link platform for the Forties field in the North sea.
The consultancy which specialises in process, safety, maintenance reliability and structural engineering services to the global oil and gas industry has doubled in size since April and intends to grow turnover from £5 million to £25 million in the next three years and create around 200 new jobs.