TThe total of associated gas recovered by Belorusneft Company is processed at the Belarusian Gas Processing Plant (BGPZ), its rated output amounting to 500 mln. cub.m. of gas a year.
In 2012, it is planned to recover and process about 210 mln. cub.m of associated petroleum gas. To ensure operation of production facilities at full load BGPZ also processes imported raw materials, such as natural gas liquids (NGL). Processing output for 2012 is estimated to make up 255 thou.t. There are further plans to increase NGL production rates as follows: in 2013 – up to 290 thou.t., in 2014 – up to 340 thou.t., 2015 – 390 thou.t.
Location of the plant and developed road and rail networks enable the plant to deliver its products both to any part of the Republic of Belarus and the near- and far-abroad countries via its own terminal stations in Brest, Grodno and Vitebsk regions.
The plant has implemented a quality management system as specified in STB ISO 9001-2009. The commercial output is certified by the National Conformity Approval System of the Republic of Belarus and its range is as follows:
– liquefied petroleum gas (used as fuel for municipal, household and industrial needs and as engine fuel for vehicles);
– stable natural gasoline (used as a raw material in petrochemical production for engine fuel compounding, as organic solvent);
– stripped gas (used as fuel both for own needs and for supply of the external thermal power station located in Svetlogorsk).
Also, BGPZ provides for electrical power output (generated to supply the plant’s own networks and the Belarusian electrical power system).
Reconstruction and Modernization of Production Facilities
The Belarusian Gas Processing Plant is a developing enterprise, producing energy resources from hydrocarbon raw materials and equipped with up-to-date machinery complying with process and safe operation requirements. It has been issued an ISO 14000 environmental protection system certificate.
BGPZ provides for consistent reconstruction and modernization of its production facilities, which is aimed at further increase of the plant’s production capacities, reduction of fuel and power consumption, replacement of worn-out and out-of-date equipment and extension of its product range.
The technical upgrading program stipulates reconstruction of the gas compression unit with complete replacement of process equipment with modern electrically-driven piston compressors. The facility is to be launched in the second quarter 2012.
To provide for efficient utilization of the thermal power generated by its generating facilities, the TPP, which previously used only the co-generation system (with electrical and thermal power generated simultaneously), is to be changed over to the trigeneration cycle this summer. This will enable to employ thermal power for frost generation, which is then to be applied in the gas treatment process.
Unified Power Supply Service
In November 2006, Belorusneft has put into operation a thermal power station (TPS) running on associated gas, its stated electric and thermal capacities reaching 21MW and 19 Gcal/h accordingly. The station’s power output satisfies the total of BGPZ consumption.
In December 2009, to reduce the prime cost of a 1t produced oil and to provide for pre-treatment of hydrocarbon materials a co-generation process unit has been launched into operation at Ostashkovichy Central Production Facilities Site (Ostashkovichy CPFS), with its total output electric capacity as high as 6MW and its thermal capacity making up 5.8 Gcal/h.
In January 2012, Davydovka Co-generation Unit was launched into operation, with its total output electric capacity as high as 1.2MW and its thermal capacity making up 1.1 Gcal/h.
The TPS, Ostashkovichy Co-generation Process Unit and Davydovka Co-generation Unit are integrated into a unified power system supplying the production facilities.
To enhance efficiency of response to failures and emergency situations, reduce costs in connection with power facilities maintenance, ensure an optimal personnel capacity, Belorusneft has established a unified power supply service as a subdivision under Rechitsa Promservis Department, the service comprising three electric shops responsible for supplying the company’s power facilities. The service boasts qualified specialists.