Plans underway for Bidboland refinery enhancement

TEHRAN Nov 30 (Shana)–Bidboland gas refinery is expected to hit 30 mcm/d of gas processing capacity by the end of the current Iranian calendar year which began March 2013, said an official with the plant.
Hamzeh Attarzadeh, the engineering deputy of the facility, said the refinery’s processing capacity is 27.2 mcm of gas currently which is expected to increase by the time several projects in the refinery come on line.

He said construction of two sulfur recovery units (SRU) in the refinery is 70% complete under an engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) project for the production of 120 tons a day of sulfur.

Iran has developed technology to recover sulfur from acid gases, director of research and technology for the National Iranian Gas Company said earlier in June.

“For the first time in the country, sulfur recovery unit (SRU) has been designed by domestic knowledge and without dependence on foreign license,” Saeed Pakseresht said.

The SRU technology has been developed by the Research Institute of Petroleum Industry.

He said the sulfur fed into Bidboland refinery is to rise and therefore a sulfur recovery unit would be a must.

Pakseresht said fitting refineries with SRU would prevent the emission of SO2 in the environment.

Bidboland gas refinery is predicted to process 8 bcm of gas this calendar year to March 2015, up from last year’s 7.8 bcm, the refinery’s manager said recently.

Ali-Mohammad Pour-Reza said 5.5 bcm of gas was produced in the refinery during the first eight months of the year, up 20 percent from a year before.

He said Masjed Soleyman gas refinery, run by Bidboland, processed 80 mcm of gas during the first eight months of the current calendar year.

Bidboland and Masjed Soleyman refineries are both located in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.



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