With an emphasis on enhanced security and safety, the recovering infrastructure in Libya presents a unique opportunity for innovative equipment suppliers
During the Arab Spring uprisings much of Libya was devastated. Oil and gas infrastructure including tanks and pipelines became easy targets and many were destroyed.
Fast forward 10 years and the region is slowly being re-built. Oil production in Libya, which had been cut by more than 90% to 100,000 bpd, has now recovered to about 1 million bpd.
As the infrastructure is repaired and reconstructed, an opportunity presents itself for companies to implement new, innovative technology with a special focus on enhancing terminal security.
Libya-based EPC contractor Arena Libya has been active in the region since 2008. ‘Security in Libya has dramatically improved in the last two years,’ explains Fares Saudi, area manager, MENA, for the Arena Group. ‘We are currently working on six tank construction projects in Libya and all the terminals are demanding upgraded technology.’
Arena Group is installating fibreoptic technology for a large ≈200km pipeline, which uses dts techniques for leak detection as well as to secure the site perimeter (monitoring & intrusion system). The company has also recently implemented and ultrasonic flowmeters, improving the meter bank facilities.
‘Building these tanks presents facilities with an opportunity to upgrade their equipment,’ Saudi explains. ‘There are many challenges to overcome, however, such as ensuring the equipment is compatible with existing technology at the terminal, supplying the necessary training to the operators and providing the technology at a competitive price.’
Arena is currently building two crude oil tanks for the Arabian Golf Oil Company (AGOCO) in Messla Field. The oil tanks have a capacity of 100,000 barrels each.
Arena has also built two gasoline tanks of a capacity 30,000m³ located in Misurata and Tobruk for Brega Petroleum Marketing Company (BPMC).
‘With our knowledge of the local market, extensive experience and skilled workforce, we are perfectly placed to partner with international companies,’ Saudi explains. ‘By working together we can ensure Libya’s infrastructure is upgraded to meet the highest safety and quality standards.’
For more information: Contact Ali Saudi, CEO, Arena Libya firstname.lastname@example.org www.arenainternationalgroup.com