UAE Plans to Increase Crude Output

Much oil production in the UAE is from the Zakum oil system, a collection of oil fields which together make up the third largest oil zone in the world. The Upper Zakum field is run by ZADCO, 60-percent owned by ADNOC with the JODCO and ExxonMobil holding the remaining stakes.

Abu Dhabi now has a plan to boost its crude production capacity to 3.5 million bopd to 2018. As part of this strategy, ZADCO is reviewing the possibility to use extended reach drilling from four artificial islands to expand production from the current 550,000 barrels per day to 750,000 barrels per day by 2015, increasing the recovery rate to 70 percent.

The largest onshore oil fields are operated by ADCO. ADCO operates the Bu Hasa oil field, which produces as much as 600,000 barrels per day, as well as the Murban Bab, Sahil, Asab, and Shah oil fields, contributing another 705,000 barrels per day of light, sweet crude.

These projects are components of a plan to boost ADCO’s aggregate production to 1.8 million barrels per day from its current 1.4 million barrels per day by 2017. This means the comprehensive development of a group of fields and reservoirs, including Asab Field development to increase sustainable production from 290,000 bopd to 340,000 bopd.

ADNOC said in a statement that its investments include the development of the Sahil and Shah fields to increase their production capacity so that Sahil can produce 100,000 barrels per day instead of its current 55,000 barrels per day, and Shah’s production becomes 70,000 barrels per day instead of its present 50,000 barrels per day.

“Likewise, the Jasyoura field is to be developed to accommodate two gas separation lines in a new central plant due to be operational by the end of March 2013,” ADNOC said.

ADNOC said it is also developing Adco’s Thammama and Habshan 2 reservoirs to boost production to 80,000 bopd.


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