Taqa awards technology order to Dutch firm
Abu Dhabi, June 21, 2011
Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) has awarded a multi-million Euro contract for the delivery of dew point correction units (DPCU) to the Netherlands-based Frames Process Systems.
The scope of supply to the Taqa-operated Bergermeer Gas Storage in the Netherlands comprises the design engineering, procurement, manufacturing, prefabrication, inspection, testing, and supplying of the materials for two independent DPCUs.
The process installation will include 12 state-of-the-art vertical silica gel adsorption towers positioned in two production trains.
The DPCUs will also include zero emission electrical heaters, heat exchangers and air-coolers. Frames will design and supply the complete process installation in segments which will be assembled on location in Alkmaar. Delivery of the DPCUs is expected towards the end of 2012.
The DPCUs are a crucial element of the zero emission gas treatment and compression facility being built in Alkmaar. The units remove the heavier hydrocarbons and dry the natural gas before it is transferred to the Gas Transport Services (GTS) network for delivery to customers.
“After two years of international competition, we are extremely pleased with Taqa’s decision to award this major DPCU purchase order contract to Frames,” said Jacques Melman, managing director of Frames Process Systems (Frames).
“Taqa continues to set stringent environmental requirements for the project and we believe their decision is testimony to our ability to supply technologies and products that minimise environmental impact during the production and operational stages.”
“With an increasing public focus on environmental protection and sustainable technologies, the demand for cleaner and more efficient processing is growing rapidly,” he added.
This contract follows a long-term partnership involving, among other Taqa oil and gas assets, the Taqa-operated Alkmaar Peak Gas Installation (PGI) in the Netherlands.
Taqa’s PGI, operational since 1997, is an underground gas reservoir transformed to store and deliver gas to the Dutch national grid to meet additional consumer demand in the winter months.
The Bergermeer Gas Storage project will create Europe’s largest open access gas storage facility, a statement said.
Bergermeer Gas Storage will provide the Northwest European gas market with 46 TWh (4.1 billion cubic metres) of seasonal storage, thereby almost doubling the Netherlands’ total storage capacity, it added. – TradeArabia News Service