Equipment and process technology provider GEA Group has supplied two centrifuges for monoethylene glycol (MEG) purification at BP’s West Nile Delta offshore natural gas field in Egypt.

MEG can be used to safeguard gas pipelines from corrosion and blockage.
According to GEA, the project represents a new customer for its MEG-treatment business.

Delivered to BP’s gas treatment plant near the port of Alexandria, Egypt, the centrifuge package comprised two WSD 200 centrifugal separators, which are capable of operating in parallel, round-the-clock to offer better separation performance and reliable operation on a single skid measuring 12m x 7m x 6m.

GEA commenced the work on the offshore natural gas field project in 2015 and delivered the centrifuges on schedule in approximately 65 weeks.

Wellstream Processing group handled the complete MEG regeneration project.

"The GEA centrifuge technology in the NOV MEG Regenerations Units has been subject to varying process conditions, interfaces and client requirements."

This firm is part of the Process and Flow Technologies business unit within National Oilwell Varco (NOV). It is the fourth project for GEA with NOV.

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Wellstream Processing group senior mechanical engineer Bruno Sersante said: “The GEA centrifuge technology in the NOV MEG Regenerations Units has been subject to varying process conditions, interfaces and client requirements.

“We have seen how a very well prepared GEA team has been capable of delivering a complex package on a tight schedule and with a high-quality standard. Their open approach has helped us to successfully meet the challenges set by our client along the way.”

GEA senior project manager Jan Hoppe said: “I think we won the contract on our relationships with the project partners, our track record in handling projects of this size, and the technical performance of the WSD 200 centrifuges. This was a challenging project, but we kept to the schedule and it was a fantastic effort.”

GEA manufactured the centrifuge and executed project management at its facility in Oelde, Germany, while its Dubai office helped with front-line contact. The centrifuge skid was assembled in Hereford in the UK, by KGD, a partner of GEA.