Austrian Ambassador Gregor W. Koessler, far right, and Austrian Commercial Counselor Kurt Altmann, far left, present the Energy Globe Award to Berri Gas Plant acting manager Khalid A. Al Harthi and plant energy coordinator Abdulmunem Al Guhaidan, who accepted the award on behalf of Saudi Aramco.
The Berri Gas Plant (BGP) Department recently received a national 2016 Energy Globe National Award for its energy conservation initiative of ethane liquefaction.
Presented by the Austria Embassy Ambassador in Riyadh, the Energy Globe Award is one of the most prestigious environmental awards in the world. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally, and globally that conserve resources such as energy.
In April 2015, BGP developed a new liquefaction heat exchanger to keep its operations energy efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly. The plant successfully commissioned and started up the new exchanger at its ethane and NGL recovery plant.
Permanently replacing the existing ethane liquefaction unit at BGP with the new exchanger increased optimization and efficiency thanks to the department’s continuous efforts in deploying new technologies.
The process integration has contributed effectively in saving electrical power and reducing maintenance and operations costs as BGP is able to operate only one heat exchanger instead of an entire ethane liquefaction system. In addition, the modifications raised the ethane liquefaction capacity by 25%.