Medgaz to Boost Algerian Exports

Beni Saf Contract to Arkad-ABB

Construction specialist Arkad-ABB has been awarded a contract by industrial consortium Medgaz for the expansion of the Beni Saf compression station in Algeria.
The construction project will increase export capacity of gas from Algeria to Europe by 25 percent and will involve addition of a new turbo-compressor train.
“We are proud to help improving this strategic infrastructure to an important client as Medgaz” said Fares Khatib, CEO of Arkad-ABB.

25% increase in Gas Export Capacity to Europe
The deal, valued at US$50 million, will cover engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning and start-up assistance for the Beni Saf Compressor Station Phase 1 Expansion Project.
“This order reconfirms our historical presence and commitment in Algeria, our long-lasting experience, industry knowledge and the trust of our clients were pivotal factors for winning this contract. This is the fifth award this year in accordance with our plan to achieve a healthy backlog towards 2020 and beyond,” Khatib commented.

Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Arkad-ABB is a partnership between Swiss contractor ABB and Saudi energy group Arkad. The group operates a global portfolio of projects in the energy sector.

Fourth Turbo-compressor
The addition of a fourth turbo-compressor train and ancillaries, is expected to allow Medgaz to boost gas exports from the current level of 8 billion cubic meters per year to approximately 10.5 billion.

“Medgaz operates the deepwater gas pipeline from Algeria to Europe via Spain …The 24-inch pipeline ensures the most direct and cost-effective route to supply natural gas to Southern Europe,” a spokesperson for Arkad-ABB said.
Registered in Spain, Medgaz is a consortium comprising energy developers Sonatrach, Cepsa and Naturgy. The Beni Saf project is due to enter operation in January 2021.
Algeria has an estimated 159 trillion cubic feet of proved natural gas reserves, with gross natural gas production of up to 6.5 trillion cubic feet, according to figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.