Nitrogen Production Begins Operations in Benghazi

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Libya’s Brega Oil Marketing Company announced the successful operation of the nitrogen gas production unit in Benghazi.

The company explained that the operation was supervised by a team from the Fire Equipment Maintenance Department at the Ras Al-Minkar (Benghazi) Warehouse. The assembly and preparation took 30 days to complete, and start operations.

Gas tanks with a diameter of 20 meters, long-distance liquefied gas transmission lines, and all other isolation processes have been disinfected with a product purity of more than 99%, following international quality specifications.

The company based in Benghazi said that the product “contributes to saving expenses and financial expenses for its purchase.” It confirmed that this step “is an achievement that better announces new beginnings, raises the level of work efficiency, and contributes to reducing costs.”

The opening ceremony was attended by the Director General of Operations for the Central and Eastern Regions, the Director of Operations for the Benghazi Region, the Maritime Facilities Coordinator, and a number of engineers, technicians, and company employees.

In December, the Global Energy Monitor (GEM) stated that Libya has the second longest network of operating gas pipelines, at 6,243 km.

According to a report entitled “The scramble for Africa’s gas”, GEM stated that Africa has about 31,555 km of gas pipelines in service. Algeria has the longest network of gas pipelines in operation on the continent, with 13,630 kilometers.

Egypt came in third, with a network of 3,545 km, Nigeria, fourth; 3,200 km, and Tunisia, fifth; 1,105 km. With the exception of Nigeria, the four countries are all in North Africa.

Regarding the construction of regional gas pipelines, the same report noted that Africa has a total of 23,932 km of gas pipelines under development.

“However, most of the projects in development remain to be built, most of the projects remain in the study phase, and only 1,872 km are currently under construction.” Nigeria is the primary builder of regional gas pipelines. with 1,427 km under construction.

The report highlighted that significant gas pipeline projects under construction include the Trans Nigeria Gas Pipeline, which when completed will run from the Qua Iboe Gas Terminal to Kano Gas Terminal. From there, it will connect with the current Trans-Sahara Gas Pipeline. planned for the export of natural gas to Europe.

The report also indicated that the five largest producers of electricity from gas in Africa are Egypt (51,608 MW), Algeria (22,247 MW), Nigeria (10,968 MW), Libya (10,163 MW), Tunisia (5,633 MW), and the rest of Africa (8,623 MW).

According to the report: “Power generation in Africa is dominated by natural gas, which accounts for 40% of total generation in 2020. GEM data shows a total of 109,242 MW for power generation plants. Most of these plants are in North Africa. In 2021, the African Energy Commission reported that, with the exception of Angola, all African countries that produce gas, use it for electricity generation.