Bechtel has begun construction on BP’s West Nile Delta onshore gas processing terminal at Idku City, north east of Alexandria, Egypt. When completed, the facility will provide processing capacity for more than one billion cubic feet of gas per day, equivalent to approximately one quarter of Egypt’s current output.
BP selected Bechtel to execute a fast-track engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning program for a greenfield gas processing facility that will tie into a modified existing one. As part of the contract work, Bechtel already successfully completed front-end engineering and design and early site works, and is continuing with detailed engineering and procurement of major equipment as construction starts. The new combined facility will receive and process gas from offshore fields so it can be distributed to the Egyptian energy market.
“The complexity of building a new plant and tying it to an existing facility is an exciting challenge,” said Alasdair Cathcart, president of Bechtel’s Oil, Gas and Chemicals business. “Our team will build on Bechtel’s global experience in delivering challenging projects and the expertise of our Egyptian colleagues. We look forward to continued collaboration with BP, as we work together to support Egypt’s long-term energy needs.”
The West Nile Delta project will create an important legacy for the local community, with a peak direct and indirect workforce estimated at more than 5,000 people and a focus on upskilling programs for subcontractors and suppliers.
In the oil, chemicals, and natural-gas industry, Bechtel is a global leader in the integrated design, procurement, construction, and project management with more than 50 major oil and gas field developments as well as 110 gas processing plants successfully completed.