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Granulated sulfur shipments begin from Gazprom Neft’s Badra oilfield

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Gazprom Neft subsidiary Gazpromneft-Badra has begun shipping granulated sulfur from its Badra oilfield in Iraq – the gas infrastructure installed by the enterprise having made it possible not just to diversify production, but also increase associated petroleum gas (APG) utilisation to 98%.

The pilot consignment, delivered by order of Iraqi client Ard as-Sakhlya, totalled 1000 t and was shipped from the field with the help of heavy-goods vehicles (HGVs) over the course of one week. Gazpromneft-Badra is now preparing to ship its next consignment, of more than 3000 t of granulated sulfur, for another business in Iraq.

Gazpromneft-Badra has managed commercial production at this asset for a period of five years, during which time total cumulative production has reached 100 million bbl. The business has produced more than 2.1 million t (15.6 million bbl) of liquid hydrocarbons since early 2019. Shipments of granulated sulfur from Badra commenced this year.

Production is undertaken through sulfur production and granulation plants with capacity of 110 000 and 136 000 tpy, respectively, both of which form part of the 1.6 billion m3/yr capacity gas plant at the Badra field. The technological process of producing granulated-sulfur production is automated throughout all key stages, from intake of raw materials to packaging of finished products. Gazpromneft-Badra has, already, produced more than 72 000 t of sulfur (now in storage), which is expected to be shipped to Iraqi customers as orders are received.

“We have, in Badra, created a modern industrial complex, unique in the variety of its output, producing not only oil and gas, but also granulated sulfur and electricity. Cutting-edge technological solutions have allowed us to monetise all hydrocarbons produced, as well as ensuring optimum environmental friendliness on this project, increasing APG utilisation to more than 98%”, stated Vadim Yakovlev, First Deputy CEO of Gazprom Neft.

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