Central North Sea Capability
Processing of gas from the Central North Sea takes place in our dedicated Central North Sea processing train, Train 2. Since start-up availability of the processing train has been in excess of 99.6%.
The sale of natural gas liquids extracted during gas processing can create significant value for a user of the TGPP. Over the last five years market index prices show the value of these additional liquids to be in excess of 40p/therm over the equivalent gas price.
From the outset, TGPP has integrated the technology and metallurgy that enables deep liquids recovery rates whilst exporting gas at high pressure into the NTS.
In 2010 TGPP has invested in two projects to enhance Train 2 capabilities; a Debottleneck Project to increase capacity from 400 mmscfd to 450 mmscfd and a Liquids Enhancement Project to improve Train 2 NGL recovery. Operational since 2012, these upgrades enable Train 2 to achieve an optimum liquids recovery rate of around 12.5% on average when measured on an energy equivalent basis.
Gas and natural gas liquid prices are continuously monitored and should the need arise the flexibility of the plant is such that we can switch to minimum extraction mode in less than 12 hours. Of course, we can also switch back again in a similar space of time.