OMK Proceeding with Manufacture of Russia's First Installation to Optimize Use of Associated Petroleum Gas

The Trubodetal facility (Chelyabinsk, a United Metallurgical Company (AO OMK, Moscow) subsidiary) has started manufacturing a high-tech import substitution product known as gas stripping modules. The equipment is being manufactured under license from the Gazpromneft Research and Development Center. This is a first domestic project that will improve oil production by using a new technology as well as help use hydrocarbons efficiently. Previously, Russia did not make this type of equipment whereas globally, there were only three manufacturers: in the US and Canada. This unique gas stripping technology was developed and is owned by the Gazpromneft Research and Development Center (Gazpromneft NTC) which partnered up with the N. E. Bauman National Technical University and selected Trubodetal to manufacture the modular equipment. It is expected that this fully factory-assembled equipment will be shipped to the customer (Gazpromneft-Orenburg) before the end of 2019. The skids will be tested at the Tsarichany and the Filatovo fields. "Where oil is produced, there is always associated gas as a by-product. Having domestically manufactured gas stripping installations from Trubodetal will make more available the process of separating such associated gas into useful fractions, such as oil and gas condensate, which will be transported through a trunk oil pipeline, and regular scrubbed gas. We are happy to roll this new development out to market given that it will improve the quality and increase the degree of oilfield processing for hydrocarbon gases", noted Trubodetal Modular Equipment Development Director Maxim Zhukov. BACKGROUND: Associated petroleum gas (APG) is a mix of the lightest hydrocarbons (methane, ethane, propane, butanes, etc.) Gas stripping is the extraction of the so-called heavier fractions from the APG, such as ethane, propane, butane, and those hydrocarbon components that are capable of becoming liquids in transit and creating liquid plugs. Normally, these are C3+heavier hydrocarbons referred to as natural gasoline.