Mabrouk filed phase I ready

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has successfully completed the first phase of the Mabrouk field, which produces 9,000 barrels of oil per day now

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) has successfully completed the first phase of the Mabrouk field, which produces 9,000 barrels of oil per day now. Oil began to flow through the new facilities merely 23 months after work started in May 2007.

As a result of the new facilities and wells, the field is expected to have a peak production of around 15,000-20,000 barrels a day of oil and 1-2mn cubic metres a day of gas," says a PDO source. The whole project is being implemented in two phases. The second phase expected to be ready in early 2010.

"This is a major achievement in which a new oilfield was developed in record time, on budget and with an excellent safety record," says managing director John Malcolm.

PDO sources point out that the project is quite significant in view of the fact that it highlights the continued potential for conventional field developments in the sultanate, which integrates oil and gas production facilities. Further, it is one of the first projects whose early phases were handled through PDO's own front-end engineering and design (FEED) office.

The field development plan currently being implemented by PDO involves the construction of a major new production station and associated gathering system, the first phase of which has just been completed. Currently, there are ten producing wells at Mabrouk.

Over the coming years, another 76 new wells will be drilled at the field. The new facility can process 63,000 barrels per day of gross liquids (oil and water) and 2.5mn cubic metres a day of gas.

The second phase of the Mabrouk project involves the installation of powerful gas compressors capable of sending natural gas produced at the field to the Saih Rawl gas processing plant where it will enter the government gas system.

"The project was successfully fast-tracked by leveraging existing service contracts with Galfar and STS/Mott MacDonald," noted Saif al Hinai, oil director, north, of PDO, which accounts for 80 per cent of the country's crude-oil production and nearly all of its natural gas supply."

Mabrouk filed phase I ready
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