With the efforts of its employees, WOC was succeeded in rehabilitating Alfaregh field plant (phase II) to enter the final operation process and go through the final stages of the project completion after overcoming all the obstacles encountered by the project, which was about to prevent the return of the contractor and experts of manufacturers to complete the vital project due to the insistence and professionalism of the company in persuading, facilitating and securing their return to the field. On Friday, November 8, 2019 (final stage of good performance tests) was accomplished within the three days programmed to test the operation of all surface equipment of the plant to test its design capacity including but not limited to (Pipes Assembly System), Gas Re-pumping Compressors), (Gas Charging Compressors), Gas Drying and Filtering Systems), (Remote Control System) and other supporting systems that have confirmed their efficiency in producing approximately 150 million cubic feet of dry gas per day from seven wells, which is currently pumped through a 110-kilometer pipeline to the Intisar field (103a) belonging to Zoitina Oil Company and then to the coast network after laboratory tests confirmed its quality and compliance with the required standard specifications beside the production of about 10,000 barrels of condensers, which are injected into the crude oil pipeline Giallo field.
The 8th well BB-11 which has been temporarily excluded from final performance tests is involved, this well is expected to increase the Phase II productivity to 180 Millions cubic feet of Gas and about 15 thousands barrels of condensers per day immediately after repairing the leakage occurred in the well head valves system and cleaning the gas contents produced from any impurities in the same well during the next few days.
It is worth mentioned that the development project of Alfaregh (phase II) has been repeatedly subjected to emergency stoppage in the beginning of the good performance tests process following the deterioration of the security conditions in (February 2011) and (July 2014), leading the contractor to leave the site for long periods then returned to resume work on the rehabilitation of the plant for initial operation, but the project was subjected to another problem that threatened to stop it completely when the contractor (J & P) declared its bankruptcy in late 2018, which required to enter into difficult negotiations with the liquidator, finally resulted in the selection of an alternative contractor, agreed to resume work until the end, which almost stopped again because of the deterioration of the security situation again in April 2019, without the determination and insistence of the company that resulted in the completion of the project according to what has been programming for him.
Finally, by adding the production of Alfaregh field (phase II) to the current production of (phase I) will bring the total production of both fields to about 250 million cubic feet of gas per day, which will contribute to raise the suffering of power outages in the state electricity grid.
Faregh Oil & Gas Field is an Important Achievement to Support the Libyan Economy
The natural gas trade is the fastest growing in the past two decades due to the large expansion of its uses and the conversion of major industries to this source of energy-friendly environment and the global demand for natural gas is expected to reach 546 billion cubic meters by 2024 compared to 432 billion cubic meters in 2018.
Faregh field is no longer empty with important reserves of natural gas, crude oil and condensate which it was discovered in the early sixties of the last century and is located to the southwest and sixty kilometers from the Giallo oilfield of the company, but for technical and economic reasons in that period Foreign company abandoned it.
Recognizing the promising future of natural gas, WOC has in the past years conducted several geological, mechanical and economic studies using the latest techniques for the purpose of determining the gas and oil reserves of the field, and the results of these studies are encouraging as the estimated reserves of the gas field are estimated at 2.61 trillion cubic feet. 121.2 million barrels of oil and 538 million barrels of condensates. Regard to these findings, the field development report was in two phases and the company was able to complete (phase I) in 2003.
More Than 121 Million Barrels of Faregh Oil Field Reserves
Faregh field is one of the strategic projects implemented by WOC and great efforts were done to complete the stages of the project, which encountered great challenges led to the suspension of work more than once due to Force Majeure that the country went through, but the insistence and intention of the Management Committee to complete the project and confidence in the possibilities and capabilities of the workers that enabled them to overcome most of the problems encountered by the company and their willingness to sacrifice in order to accomplish this project, in addition to the support of the N.O.C. the project reached to the final stages of operation and the dream became a reality.
The Faregh field development is considered as the biggest project executed by the oil sector since 2011.
The second phase:
The phase II of Farech development project aims to drill and tie in eight wells to produce 180 million cubic feet of gas per day to be processed through a plant to process and liquefy the natural gas and extract the equivalent of 15 thousand barrels per day of condensate and then the transfer of dry gas through gas pipelines of 110Kms to Intisar field.
Completion of construction works, supplying of various surface equipment, assembly and tie-in of wells, installation of protection devices, assembly system, piping system and accessories and test joints 72-inch diameter for the purpose of testing each well separately.
The phase II included the installation of the impurities capture unit and the fluid assembly unit for the purpose of the initial separation of condensates from gas before passing to the different gas units in addition to two units for gas drying, consisting of glycol tower and glycol concentrate and the second one for gas cooling and consists of a series of heat exchangers and cooling system managed by gas generators capacity 6.600 hp. Compressors.
Gas compressors consist of:
3 compressors with a design capacity of 7.5 million cubic feet of gas per day per unit and are driven by electric motors with a power of 700 hp per unit.
Gas charging compressors:
3 compressors with a design capacity of 105 million cubic feet of gas per day Managed by gas generators with a capacity of 10.300 hp per unit in addition to the installation of condensers consisting of fixation tower, oven and pumps with a design capacity of 15 thousand barrels per day.
The phase II electrical system consists of a 1 MW emergency generator, permanent backup power sources for emergency control and protection, a 120-volt AC power source and a 125-volt continuous power supply, while the control system operates and controls the main production equipment.
Basic Service Systems:
Project development (phase II) of Faregh II includes the establishment of basic service systems comprising 2 units for the generation of nitrogen gas and gas leakage control system and other for water drainage and the collection of liquids and building equipment and electrical separators and building control center in gas generators and housing workers housing and other service facilities.
Behind every determination, there is a motive, and a strong motive strengthens the determination.
Thus, the final picture of this ambitious project, through which the Libyan qualifications proved their success and capability to deal with the developed and complicated oil industry. This achievement will enable WOC to produce 250 million cubic feet of gas per day in (phases I & II) in addition to producing oil and condensates. This important project will contribute to strengthen position of Libya in the world energy markets, on which the natural gas is one of its important resources, in addition to creating new job opportunities. The project will supply the electric power plant in Srir with about 70 million cubic feet of gas. This will contribute to increase the production capacity of the public electricity network and the rest of the production will be used to meet the domestic market and export abroad.
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