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SYRIA - The Palmyra Gas Processing Plant.

The largest in this country, the treatment and processing system in the Palmyra region has a design capacity of about 7.5 MCM/day of raw gas. Its expansion to this capacity was completed in late 1999 as part of the second phase in the development of five non-associated gas fields in the region.

The fields are: Arak, Hail and Dubayat, which contain sweet gas and were put on stream through 1996 for the plant's first phase; and Najib and Sokhne which have sour gas and came on stream in early 2000 (see profiles of Syria's gas fields in Gas Market Trends).

The plant's first phase, consisting of units to process both sweet and sour gases, came on stream in late 1996 with total capacity of 4.5 MCM/day However, it could only operate at the rate of about 3 MCM/day, which was the capacity of Arak, Hail and Dubayat fields. Clean gas from the plant has since supplied the Zaizoun power station in central Syria near Idlib which has a capacity of 384 MW. The gas to that station has been pumped through a 120-km pipeline.

Phase-II plant, adjacent to Phase-1, has units which were completed in late 1999 and came on stream in early 2000. The plant is processing the gas from the Najib and Sokhne fields. Its capacity is 3 MCM/day. A 150-km pipeline has been built to carry clean gas the new Aleppo power station whose three 200 MW units started up in early 2000. The station's other two 200 MW units will be completed in 2001, when the pipeline's capacity will have been expanded.

The Palmyra processing system has 1.5 MCM/day of surplus capacity. This will be used when the Najib field's capacity will have been doubled from 1.5 MCM/day by end-2001 or in early 2002.

The five Palmyra fields now are linked to two major pipelines just built: the one carrying gas to the power station in Aleppo; and the other to a line with a larger pipe carrying gas from the Omar field and processing facilities to the 400 MW Tishreen power station just south of Damascus. This pipeline came on stream in August 1992. Now the line also reaches the 630 MW Mhardeh power plant (on the Mediterranean north-west of Hama) and the 680 MW Banias power station, refinery and terminal centre. Through these new pipelines, the fields have helped increase gas supplies to the power sector and industries. They will enable the power plants to be expanded further in the coming years.
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Publication:APS Review Downstream Trends
Geographic Code:7SYRI
Date:Mar 6, 2000
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