Accompanying Al-Saif to the meeting on March 31 was Mohammad A. Al-Juwair, general manager of Southern Area Projects for Saudi Aramco.
The Manifa Program, scheduled for completion in June 2011, will produce 900,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Arabian Heavy crude, plus 90 million standard cubic feet (scf) of gas and 65,000 bpd of hydrocarbon condensate.
Constructed in the project will be a new grassroots Central Processing Facility, which will include gas-oil separation, wet-crude handling, gas-compression, gas-conditioning, crude-oil stabilization and produced-water disposal facilities.
A water-supply system will be required to meet reservoir water-injection requirements for Manifa. Several offshore oil- producing and water-injection platforms, sub-sea crude and water-injection pipelines, 27 land drill sites and 11 onshore water-injection drill sites will be constructed, all under the strictest environmental considerations.
Also planned are four major downstream pipelines and terminal facilities at Ju'aymah and Ras Tanura. Gas processing facilities will be added at Khursaniyah Gas Plant to support the gas and condensate produced by Manifa.
A 41-kilometer causeway and 27 drilling islands will be constructed of sand and rock, including approximately 3.3 km of bridges, to provide access for onshore oil rigs and drilling equipment over the shallow depths of much of the Manifa field.
Presenting reports on various facets of the program at the March 31 meeting were:
Project leaders also reported to Al-Saif that the three-day first Global Interface Meeting that began March 26 in Reading, England, was a success.
That event focused on defining and agreeing on the interfaces between the various projects that make up the Manifa Program. Project managers, interface coordinators and respective contractor representatives for each project attended the event to agree on the details of the scope responsibilities and interfaces that will affect schedules.
After an open discussion with the Manifa team, Al-Saif commended the team and all company organizations participating in the program, and said he was very encouraged by progress to date, momentum and commitment toward the execution of the mega project.
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