The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) announced Wednesday the start of the pilot operation of the fourth gas plant train at Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery. The company also noted that the commercial operation will begin next March.
In a press conference, the KNPC's Deputy CEO for Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery Mutlaq Al-Azmi estimated the capacity of the new gas plant train at 805 million cubic feet a day in addition to 106,000 barrels of condensates.
The gas plant comes in implementation of the KNPC's strategy of expanding gas production to meet the growing needs of the local and international markets, he said.
Al-Azmi added that the fourth gas plant train will supply the two olefins plants with their needs of ethane gas and power stations with their needs of the natural gas.
It will also help boost Kuwait's exports of propane, butane, pentane gases to the global markets, he said. The KNPC official disclosed that the project caters for associated and liquefied gas from Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) gathering centers at north and south east Kuwait oil fields. In addition, gases from Mina Abdullah Refinery, Mina Al Ahmadi Refinery, and Shuaiba Refinery.
The project is also significantly important for the environment and national economy as it would help treat and benefit from the additional and new volumes of associated and flare gas, he explained.
He unveiled that the project cost KD 256 million to which the private sector contributed KD 78 million or 32 percent.