|22 September, 2019

Saudi to play key role in global gas processing sector

The Tanajib gas processing plant is the largest upcoming plant in Saudi Arabia

Image used for illustrative purposes. Shaybah oilfield complex is seen in this aerial view deep in the Rub' al-Khali desert, Saudi Arabia, November 14, 2007.

Image used for illustrative purposes. Shaybah oilfield complex is seen in this aerial view deep in the Rub' al-Khali desert, Saudi Arabia, November 14, 2007.

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Saudi Arabia is expected to stand third globally with new-build gas processing capacity growth of 7.8 billion cu ft per day (bcfd) by 2023, said GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, in a new report.

The Tanajib gas processing plant is the largest upcoming plant in Saudi Arabia with a new-build gas processing capacity of 2.8 bcfd by 2023, it added.

Meanwhile, the US is expected to drive new-build gas processing capacity growth in the global gas processing industry from new-build projects between 2019 and 2023, contributing around 24 per cent of global gas processing capacity growth by 2023, according to GlobalData.

The company’s report, ‘Global Capacity and Capital Expenditure Outlook for Gas Processing Plants – The US Leads Global Gas Processing Capacity Additions’, reveals that the US is expected to have a new-build gas processing capacity of 16.9 bcfd by 2023.

Planned projects with identifiable development plans account for 53 per cent of the new-build capacity or 9 bcfd and the remaining 7.9 bcfd is expected to come from early-stage announced projects.

Dipayan Chakraborty, oil and gas analyst at GlobalData, said: “The US is expected to add 87 new-build gas processing plants during the outlook period. Of these, the Bighorn and Smithburg II-VI plants will have the highest capacities, each with 999 million cu ft per day (mmcfd). The Bighorn plant is expected to start operations in 2020; Smithburg II-VI in 2022.”

GlobalData identifies Russia as the second highest country globally in terms of gas processing capacity growth, adding a new-build gas processing capacity of 13.1 bcfd by 2023. The Ust-Luga plant is the largest upcoming gas processing plant in Russia with a new-build gas processing capacity of 4.3 bcfd by 2023. – TradeArabia News Service

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