Power Profile - Harouge Oil Operations

The need for power in a remote area

Customer: Harouge Oil Operations

Location: Libya

Customer Business Issue: The need for power in a remote area

Solution: Cat® 3508 generator set with customized desert enclosure

Cat Dealer: Meditrac Libya

Harouge Oil Operations, with offices in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libya, recently approached its local Cat dealer, Meditrac, with a custom power package request.

Harouge Oil Operations operates as a joint venture between the National Oil Corporation and Petro-Canada. The company explores and produces petroleum from eight concessions in Libya.

Harouge operates four oil fields — and a recent Cat custom power solution is currently utilized in Amal Field.

Amal Field is Harouge’s largest oil field that includes eight different reservoirs. Oil was first discovered here in November 1959. The reservoirs range from a minimum depth of 2300 ft. to more than 12,000 ft.

It is located in the Sirte Basin and envelopes a large area measuring about 35 km by 120 km. It is surrounded by 10 concessions which include AGOCO, Wintershall and Zuitina.

Amal is a strategic field not only in terms of its production and reserves, but because it also receives crude from AGOCO and Wintershall for pumping to Ras Lanuf Terminal through the 36-in. pipeline. Crude is transported from AGOCO (Mesala) via this pipeline to Rasco refinery.

Amal Field is directly and indirectly responsible for around 400,000 barrels of oil per day, equivalent to around one-third of the national production.

“Management at Harouge Oil Operations approached Cat dealer Meditrac Libya for a customized power solution to provide electric power for a down hole pump located in Amal Field,” explains Lyle Kemper, Senior Project Engineer for Caterpillar – Global Petroleum Division. “As the Global Petroleum Division of Caterpillar, our main priority is to support Cat dealers all around the world by building and providing the best and most complete petroleum power solutions for customers. We work closely with Cat dealers, and customers if necessary, to provide package flexibility and technical advice to assure they have the best solution for their application. We add customized content to fit their needs.”

“For this project, Harouge requested a customized enclosure for operation in a higher-temperature environment,” Kemper adds. “Environment was a key factor for this application. Due to the extreme temperatures, and blowing sand, this solution required a customized container, specialized radiator and generator. Responding to the customer’s needs, Caterpillar Global Petroleum and Meditrac provided Harouge with a purpose-built Cat 3508 generator set with a customized desert enclosure appropriate for the high-temperature petroleum environment.”

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