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Success story: Sonatrach (Algeria)

Electrical supply for the Ourhoud oilfield

 
 

 

 

I. CUSTOMER ENVIRONMENT / PROJECT CONTEXT

Customer profile:

  • The Ourhoud site, 300 km from Hassi Messaoud and 1200 km south-east of Alger, is one of the largest oil fields discovered in Algeria over the past few years.
  • This reserve, 20 km long and 4 km wide, should produce 230,000 barrels per day for 25 years.
  • The engineers of the Joint Venture between Japan Gazoline Corporation (JGC) and INITEC were the contractors for fitting out the oilfield for the Algerian company Sonatrach and 7 foreign companies.

Customer objective and constraints:

  • Supply the site with all the electrical equipment and control-command system required for starting exploitation at the beginning of 2003.
  • Entrust the installation of this equipment to a manufacturer with a worldwide reputation and who is recognised in the petrochemical industry.

II. SOLUTION IMPLEMENTATION

Implementation methodology (main phases):

For this project, Schneider Electric provided JGC and INITEC with an offer perfectly adapted to the requirements of an oilfield site whilst respecting energy availability and quality constraints:

  • carrying out the electrical network studies,
  • defining and choosing the equipment,
  • supplying the equipment for the electrical distribution and the control-command system,
  • supervising the commissioning,
  • testing and putting into service.

Solution overview (services, products, systems, architectures…):

 

 


Studies and services
- electrical distribution : network architecture, descriminnation studies, protection plan,etc.
- control-command and supervision of the MV and LV electrical distribution,
- communication gateway between automatic control equipment
- sizing and selection of products
- supervision of equipment installation and assembly
- on site testing and commissioning of electrical equipment, automatic control systems and supervision systems.

 

Supply of  the equipment for the electrical distribution
- 3 substations (30/5,5(kV)
- 9 metals shelters with MV and LV equipment

 

Control-command system

 

III. RESULTS / ACHIEVEMENT

Customer benefits:

  • For this project, Schneider Electric provided Japan Gazoline Corporation (JGC) and INITEC with an offer perfectly adapted to the requirements of an oilfield site whilst respecting energy availability and quality constraints.