State-owned Sonatrach has let a contract to a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont SPA to provide engineering, procurement, and construction services for implementation of a fourth LPG processing train inside Sonatrach’s existing ZCINA gas processing complex in central Algeria’s Hassi Messaoud area.

A signing ceremony for the LPG Train 4—ZCINA Hassi Messaoud project took place on Nov. 5 at Sonatrach’s headquarters in Algiers, Maire Tecnimont said.

Official award of the lump-sum contract—valued at $248 million on a multicurrency basis—follows preliminary award of the project to Tecnimont SPA in early September (OGJ Online, Sept. 4, 2018).

As part of the original agreement, Tecnimont will deliver EPC activities for the new train, which will have an 8 million-cu m/day capacity for extraction of LPG and condensate from associated gas coming from plants nearby but outside the battery limits of the ZCINA complex.

Designed to be an extension to the existing ZCINA LPG complex—which features three LPG trains Sonatrach commissioned in June 2013 to increase production of LPG and condensate from Hassi Messaoud field—is scheduled to be completed within 30 months from the start of construction.

Neither Maire Tecnimont nor Sonatrach have confirmed a precise timeframe for when project construction will begin.