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ALTRA ENERGY HAS won an open tender for a capacity trial of the In Amenas Gas plant in Algeria.

JV Gas is a venture between BP, Algeria's state-run producer Sonatrach and Statoil.

Under the US$794,000, eight-month contract Altra will provide process and mechanical support for the preparation, execution and reporting of the plant's live capacity trial to allow an increase in processing capacity above the design capacity.

The contract follows earlier work carried out by Altra at the plant.

Altra’s managing director Daniel McGowan said: “The planned capacity trial will give JV Gas the confidence needed to increase all three of its product streams - natural gas, LPG and condensate – and ultimately make the plant more efficient. We are extremely pleased to win this tender following our earlier evaluation project.”

The In Amenas LPG wet gas processing facility is located in southern eastern Algeria and currently produces an annual rate of 28.2 mcm of wet gas. An internal study by BP revealed the facility has the potential of increasing the gas throughput by more than ten per cent.

The project will involve Altra carrying out a variety of work including process simulation, flare and relief valve studies, vibration checks of thermowells, heat exchanger tube bundles and small bore pipework, mechanical and fixed bed integrity study, a turbo expander performance study and also a trip and alarm set point review.