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SYRIA - Al Thayyem Turbines.

Three gas turbines have been installed in AFPC's Al Thayyem oilfield near Deir Ez Zor town. The first started up at the end of February 1990 and the other two followed at two-month intervals. The installed capacity of each turbine is 30 MW. Their annual requirements are estimated at about 233 MCM. Another power plant is being built at Al Thayyem.

The Tishreen steam-powered station, just south of Damascus, was built in the late 1980s by the Soviets and started up in 1991, has two 200 MW units, with a yield ratio of 34-37%. It is designed to operate on gas or fuel oil. Consumption of fuel oil has fallen to a negligible volume, from 2,356 kcal/kilowatt-hour. It is to be expanded with a 250 MW combined cycle unit before 2002, when additional gas is to come from the Omar and Palmyra plants.

Clean gas from the Omar plant is also being transported to the 630 MW power station of Mhardeh. This is done through a 220 km, 18 inch, spur line to the main national gas grid. The link is at a junction in the Palmyra area.

The LPG is transferred by tanker trucks to cylinder filling stations for distribution to households throughout the country. The condensates produced at this plant are injected into the AFPC and BOS fields together with crude oil.

The treatment and processing plant was built by Brown & Root of the US, which did the engineering work as well. The US contractor also built the gas gathering network. The Syrian Military Housing Establishment (Milihouse) built the 440 km pipeline to the Tishreen power plant. PetroFac Int'l of the UK built a gathering at the Al Izba field for recovery of 80 MCF/day of associated gas and transmission facilities to the Omar plant, which were completed in early 2000.

A pipeline is to be built between the Omar-Tishreen line and two gas fields to be developed in the Palmyra region, Ash Shaer and Cherrife. Marathon of the US still wants to develop the two fields but its is yet to resolve old disputes with the state-owned Syrian Petroleum Company (SPC) on this project. These fields, which could eventually produce more than 5 MCM/day of Marathon accepts SPC's plan for full-scale development, will also be linked to the Banias and Mahrada power stations.
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Publication:APS Review Downstream Trends
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Date:Mar 6, 2000
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