15 Jun 2015
As part of its efforts to supply more energy to the local market, Basrah Gas Company (BGC) celebrated the startup of a new power plant at their gas complex in Khor al-Zubair (KAZ). The plant which came into operation during the summer, will power the entire complex, removing the necessity to take electricity from the local grid and freeing up approx. 17 megawatts. “This is an important achievement for us” said BGC Managing Director Mr. Simon Daman Willems “as an Iraqi mid-stream energy company supplying processed gas for power generation, we appreciate how critical it is for electricity to be available to the local market during the summer period. 17 megawatts is estimated to be enough energy to power up to 45,000 homes.”
The plant is described as a mixture of state-of-the-art and trusted technologies. The state-of-the-art control system is highly automated and includes cutting-edge safety and shutdown technology.
The construction was completed in April 2015, with Iraqi staff and companies making up 90% of the workforce on the project. Since completion the plant has gone through a series of rigorous tests to ensure that it is running safely and efficiently.
Commenting on the achievement, Mr. Ali Hussain Khudair Director General of South Gas Company said “Taking the KAZ plant off the grid will make a big difference to the electricity available for the local community. Every megawatt of electricity we can get during the summer for our people is beneficial”. Mr. Khudair added “I am very glad to see that BGC is progressing and has achieved so much in just two years. The recent rehabilitation effort has more than doubled gas production, turning flared gas into valuable products for generations to come”.
Established by the Iraqi Government in May 2013, BGC (South Gas Company 51%; Shell 44% and Mitsubishi 5%) is an Iraqi company created to meet an Iraqi challenge. It is the largest gas project in Iraq’s history with a current workforce of 5,600 staff, of whom more than 5100 are Iraqis, and assets spread over 22 different locations including two major gas processing plants, more than 18 compression stations and a marine and storage terminal.
As a mid-stream energy company, BGC processes the gas supplied by the giant oil fields – Rumaila, Zubair and West Qurna – and separates it into dry gas for local power generation and valuable liquids to make LPG, used mostly as gas cylinders for cooking. All products are then supplied to South Gas Company who in turn is responsible to supply them to the local market.
For more information please contact:
Mr. Gilbert Merhej
Senior Corporate Affairs Manager
Basrah Gas Company
Cell: +964 780 9213918
Mr. Shallan Al Daraaji
Basrah Gas Company
Cell: +964 780 9233793