Lurgi Oel · Gas · Chemie GmbH (Germany) has won a contract from the Turkish Petroleum Corporation, Türkiye Petrolleria AO (TPAO), for the construction of the surface facilities for an underground gas storage project in Turkey. Lurgi is in charge of the complete detail engineering for the overall plant as well as the supply of turbines and compressors. The scope of the contract comprises the so-called surface facilities which means the equipment and installations required for injecting and reclaiming the gas. The project will be executed by Lurgi in a consortium with the Turkish enterprise Fernas Insaat Ltd Sti., Ankara, responsible for the construction of the facilities. Commissioning of the plant has been scheduled for August 2004. The storage system will be designed for a gas volume of about two billion cubic meters and installed in two existing depleted natural gas fields in Kuzey Marmara and Degirmenköy, west of Istanbul. The gas to be stored is taken from a gas pipeline which runs at a distance of less than 10 kilometers from the reservoir and transports natural gas from Russia to Turkey. The gas tapped from the pipeline will be cleaned, compressed and injected into the underground gas store at a pressure of around 150 bar. At full load, up to 550.000 cubic meters of natural gas can be injected into the storage system. The maximum storage capacity of the two underground storages is around 1.6 billion cubic metres.
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