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E&M Combustion, engineering specialized in the development of combustion technologies for the industrial sector, participates in an offshore oil exploitation project in Nigeria. The company will install a burner for explosive atmospheres that will operate in a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading unit of oil and gas, known by its initials in English (FPSO).
With this operation, E&M Combustión reinforces its strategy in the oil sector, providing combustion equipment adapted to the requirements of this industry, in which it is a benchmark in burners for ATEX and NEC areas, specially designed to be installed in areas with anti-explosive classification. It also means the introduction of the company in this country, classified as the ninth largest gas reserve in the world.
The JBD burner designed by E&M Combustion for this floating unit will be installed in a heater or thermal fluid heater of the company Sigma Thermal, specialized in heating systems for industrial processes. The equipment will thus allow the use of thermal energy for the process of extraction, processing and transportation of crude oil and gas. It is an EExd burner for an explosion-proof zone of 20 MW, with low NOx emissions, and that uses a double air register.
Offshore oil exploitation
This type of specialized burner manufacturing is progressively used in more areas of activity and is practically mandatory in industries such as refineries, petrochemical plants, electricity generation plants, etc.
The floating unit or FPSO in which it will operate will receive the production from the drilling platforms for processing and storage of the product before it is unloaded at the terminals or shuttle ships. Floating units are more easily installed than other types of fixed structures seated on the seabed, which is why they are used in deep waters by the offshore oil and gas industry. They generally come from the hulls of converted oil tankers.
Equipment for the oil and gas sector
In the oil and gas area, E&M Combustión contributes to the development of innovative combustion technologies with specific solutions for each industrial process. In addition to being an international benchmark in ATEX burners (EXplosive ATmospheres), the company offers the application of its combustion equipment in the Hot Oil Unit (HOU), Indirect Bath Heaters (IDBH), Mobile Steam Generation Systems and Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO).
In this field, the company has designed and manufactured equipment for installation in refineries in Dubai (mobile steam generation systems for the improvement of the oil extraction process), Kuwait, Kazakhstan and India. In the latter country, it has participated in the modernization of 4 refineries, with the supply of 30 industrial burners to operate in indirect water bath heater (IDBH) systems.
Oil and Gas in Nigeria
The project for Nigeria is part of the path taken by this country to face the challenges of reducing production costs and eliminating waste from its oil industry as the main focus to stay in business and be competitive. Oil and gas continue to be the pillars of the Nigerian economy, according to the specialized publication SP Global, which recently announced that the country could complete the process undertaken a decade ago for the parliament to pass key legislation, aimed at completely reforming the Nigerian oil industry and provide new tax incentives to producers.
Nigeria is currently ranked as the world’s ninth largest gas reserve with over 200 TCF (200 trillion cubic feet), but has not launched any new gas projects recently. The government has announced the launch of ambitious programs to take advantage of gas for use in the domestic market and for exports, in order to improve its competitiveness and increase its margins, since the operating cost of exploration and production of its companies was in 2019 slightly higher than comparable African countries such as Angola and Uganda, according to KPMG “Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Update“.