Aramco to Finalise Plans of Saudi’s Biggest Gas Plant

9 November 2009 (Last Updated November 9th, 2009 18:30)

Saudi Aramco is finalising plans to develop Saudi Arabia's biggest gas plant, which would process all offshore non-associated dry gas to meet escalating demand. Saudi Aramco chief executive Khalid al-Falih told Reuters that the new Wasit plant would process over 1.8 billion cubic feet o

Saudi Aramco is finalising plans to develop Saudi Arabia's biggest gas plant, which would process all offshore non-associated dry gas to meet escalating demand.

Saudi Aramco chief executive Khalid al-Falih told Reuters that the new Wasit plant would process over 1.8 billion cubic feet of gas a day.

"This plant [Wasit] will be the biggest gas plant we have ever built ... and this will go a long way to meet rising demand for utilities and some industries," he said.

The Wasit gas plant at Moneefa involves gas processing units, one tie-in platform, two offshore gas platforms, subsea power, communication links and pipelines.

Engineering and design work as well as project management services for the project would be provided by Canada-based SNC-Lavalin, according to Reuters.

Saudi Arabia's petrochemical sector will not use the gas plant's supplies as feedstock.

"It will not have any NGL [natural gas liquids] ... it will not address any petrochemical production needed for olefins," Falih said.

Saudi Aramco also intends to commence drilling in deeper offshore areas in 2012, Falih said.