Samsung Engineering has announced that it has won a $1.23-billion contract  from Saudi oil giant Aramco for the Jafurah Gas Process Package 1, a major project that marks the first shale gas development in Saudi Arabia.

Part of the Jafurah shale gas field development located 400 km east of capital Riyadh, it is expected to be completed in 2025.

One of the world’s leading engineering, procurement, construction and project management companies, Samsung Engineering will build a gas treatment facility that will remove sulphur and other substances from 1.1 billion cu ft of gas per day.

The goal of the project is to produce shale gas, natural gas liquids (NGL), ethane, sulphur and stabilised condensate.

Samsung Engineering says it plans to independently build and complete the project. The scope of work includes a slug catcher, acid gas, NGL and mercury removal units. The company has extensive experience in constructing treatment facilities in the past and has a long and successful track record in Saudi Arabia and with Aramco projects.