Saudi Aramco almost completes Wasit project

Updated 21 September 2015
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Saudi Aramco almost completes Wasit project

ALKHOBAR: Saudi Aramco has almost finished the construction of its giant Wasit gas project but is processing gas from the Karan gas field and not from the offshore fields designated to feed the gas plant, industry sources said.
In April, industry sources said the national oil company had started testing parts of the plant with gas from Aramco's Master Gas System (MGS), raising hopes that gas from Wasit would help meet domestic demand during the Kingdom's peak summer season.
One industry source familiar with the matter said the plant is not expected to start processing non-associated gas, which contains no oil, from offshore sour gas fields Arabiyah and Hasbah before the end of the year due to technical difficulties.
Gas from Arabiyah and Hasbah has a high hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide content which Aramco needs to strip from the sales gas, or methane, by a process that passes through monoethylene glycol (MEG) and diglycolamine (DGA) units.
"If these plants are not scaled to the required capacity to remove all the H2S and C02 content of the Wasit inlet gas, it would mean the sales gas impurities would be higher than what the national gas grid can accept," said Sadad Al-Husseini, a former senior executive at Saudi Aramco. "The solution would be to expand the capacity of these units and process a smaller volume of inlet gas in the interim period," he said.
"This is not a big technical issue but it means the project will not operate at full capacity until the sour gas processing expansion is completed."
"This delay is not critical because the peak gas demand season is now almost over and because gas reserves are huge and Aramco has always been committed to maintaining very strict standards of plant safety and reliability," said Al-Husseini.
Saudi Aramco declined to comment on the report.
The Wasit gas program is split into several offshore and onshore units. Onshore Aramco has built a central processing facility, natural gas liquids fractionation facilities and a sulfur recovery unit.
The Hasbah field has much higher H2 and CO2 than Arabiyah.
From its seven single-well platforms, it feeds the gas processing facility up to 1.3 billion standard cubic feet per day (scfd) while Arabiyah provides around 1.2 billion scfd.


Samsung delays Galaxy Fold media events in China

Updated 22 April 2019
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Samsung delays Galaxy Fold media events in China

  • Instead of plaudits ahead of the phone’s launch on April 26 in the US, Samsung has instead received brickbats
  • The hashtag #foldgate trended on Twitter because of the smartphone issues

SEOUL: Smartphone maker Samsung postponed media events for its Galaxy Fold planned for this week in Hong Kong and Shanghai, a company official said, days after reviewers of the foldable handset reported defective samples.
The official did not elaborate on reasons or rescheduling.
Instead of plaudits ahead of the phone’s launch on April 26 in the United States, the South Korean conglomerate has been blighted by technology journalists reporting breaks, bulges and blinking screens after using their samples for as little as a day.
Samsung said it received “a few” reports of damage to the displays of samples of the $1,980 handset, raising the specter of the combustible Galaxy Note 7 three years ago which the firm ultimately pulled from shelves at massive cost.
The reviewers’ reports of broken screens went viral online and prompted the creation of hashtag #foldgate on Twitter.
Samsung has hailed the folding design as the future in a field that has seen few surprises since Apple’s iPhone in 2007. Chinese rival Huawei Technologies has also announced a folding handset, the Mate X.
The Samsung official on Monday said it had no change to its previously announced release date in the United States.
It plans to begin South Korean and European sales in May, and Chinese sales from an undisclosed date.