Press digest from last week


Siemens Wins Iraq Power Plant Contract


Siemens has been contracted to upgrade one of Iraq’s largest gas-fired power plants, Pipeline Oil and Gas Magazine reported.

Siemens will increase the capacity of the Shatt Al Basra Gas Power Plant by 650 mW, taking it to a total 1,900 mW. The plant consists of non-Siemens turbines operating in simple-cycle mode, the company said in statement.

Siemens will supply five of its steam turbines to ensure that the additional power generation comes at no extra fuel expense.  The upgrade will convert the facility into a combined-cycle plant and increase efficiency by more than 50%.

Siemens stated that once upgrades are completed, the plant will supply roughly one million Iraqis with reliable and clean electricity.



Lukoil begins substructure installation for wellhead platform at Vladimir Filanovsky field


Russian energy firm Lukoil has commenced installation of the substructure for the mini offshore ice-resistant fixed wellhead platform at Vladimir Filanovsky field located approximately 50km offshore, in the northern part of the Caspian Sea.

Built at the Galaktika shipyard in Astrakhan, the substructure designed for the wellhead platform was transported to the site through the Volga-Caspian Shipping Canal.

LUKOIL-Nizhnevolzhskneft, a wholly owned subsidiary of LUKOIL, is currently building the topside for the wellhead platform at its construction and assembly yard.



Rosneft and Polish Lotos expand cooperation


Moscow, August 3 - Neftegaz.RU.  Rosneft and Grupa Lotos signed an oil supply contract to Poland. The agreement is valid until the end of 2020, while the supply volume in this period will be from 6.4 to 12.6 million tons.

The agreement with Grupa Lotos proves the quality of Rosneft’s partnership relations with major consumers in the traditional regions of Russian oil sales. Access to export infrastructure supply channels ensures uninterrupted crude delivery to European refineries while maximizing their economic efficiency.

The increase of oil supplies complies with Rosneft’s strategy of creating the shareholder value by increasing the efficiency of oil sales, as well as meets consumers’ interests and strengthens Europe’s energy security.



Eni eyes further E&P opportunities in Libya


Tripoli, August 2- Neftegaz.RU. Head of the Presidential Council of the Libyan Government of National Accord has met with the CEO of Eni to discuss future exploratory opportunities and development investments in the country.

Eni said that Fayez al-Sarraj met with the company’s CEO Claudio Descalzi in Tripoli on Monday to discuss future exploratory opportunities and development investments in Libya.Descalzi and Al-Sarraj also discussed the progress of social projects that were underway in Libya relating to healthcare and access to clean drinking water, with a total value of $25 million. The meeting with between Descalzi and al-Sarraj was held in the presence of the Italian ambassador in Libya, Giuseppe Perrone.

 The visit of Eni’s CEO came in light of the recent start-up of the Bahr Essalam Phase 2 project, which marks the completion of the development of the largest gas field in production in the Libyan offshore. The offshore Bahr Essalam Phase 2 project increased production potential by 400 million cubic feet of standard gas per day. Phase 2 will be completed between September and October, bringing total field production to 1,100 mmscfd.

 Bahr Essalam, located about 120 kilometers northwest of Tripoli, contains over 260 billion cu m of gas. This is delivered through the Sabratha platform to the Mellitah onshore treatment plant before principally being used to supply the national network.

 It is worth mentioning that Eni is the main supplier of gas to the local market – doubled in the last 4 years – with 20 million cubic meters a day destined entirely to supply the country’s power plants, with an electricity generation capacity of over 3 GW.



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