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Boge system heads for Kazakhstan

01 December 2009

PM Lucas has turned to Boge for a turnkey nitrogen generation system for a greenfield conventional crude oil and gas gathering system in Kazakhstan. The oil and gas service provider has worked in management and supervision of drilling more than 1,000 oil wells in Kazakhstan and former CIS countries.

The nitrogen generation system on site at the crude oil and gas gathering station located in the Mangistau region of Kazakhstan
The nitrogen generation system on site at the crude oil and gas gathering station located in the Mangistau region of Kazakhstan

Donald Yee, director of PM Lucas, explained that Boge was the company’s preferred supplier. He said: “We required a nitrogen generation system for a greenfield conventional crude oil and gas gathering system located in the Mangistau region of Kazakhstan.

“In this type of application the nitrogen generator is used to provide an inert gas (nitrogen) blanket to 5 – 100 m3 (by volume) crude oil storage vessels. The vessels are repeatedly filled and then emptied with crude oil and the nitrogen is correspondingly released or pumped into the vessels to fill the vapour space.

“And for this project, the crude oil is then pumped to a custody transfer measuring station and sold into the Kazakhstan state owned oil pipeline system.”

Bill Holder, projects manager at Boge, recommended housing three Boge S29-2 screw compressors with an air receiver, nitrogen receiver, desiccant dryer and a nitrogen generator in a thermally insulated self-sufficient steel 12 m x 2.5 m x 2.5m container complete with heating and ventilation.

Yee said: “Having worked with Boge in the past we knew they could deliver a high quality package, they also came in with the best price and delivery time on the equipment. As a result Boge was commissioned to build the nitrogen package.”

The nitrogen generator produces nitrogen gas from the compressed air produced by the Boge screw compressors on-demand. This method provides a very reliable, cost-effective and a safe option to the traditional cylinder or liquid nitrogen gas supplies.

Elimination of cylinder deliveries also reduces the carbon footprint of the nitrogen generator. Furthermore, the low air consumption makes this method of Nitrogen generation extremely energy efficient.

The entire system was constructed at Boge UK and then delivered to the site in Kazakhstan. All that was required for installation was an electrical connection for power supply.

Yee concluded: “We have been very satisfied with Boge on this project. They have been very responsive to our needs.”


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