UAE Plans to Increase Crude Output

“Habshan 1 is also under development, the first package of which is estimated to increase the production by 30,000 barrels per day by the end of 2014. Likewise, the development of North East Bab fields are expected to increase sustainable production to 230,000 barrels per day by 2016 (for Rumaitha Field) and by 2017 for Al Dhabiya Field. Development projects will also cover Bida Qamzan field and Bab Gas Compression project,” the statement added.

ADMA-OPCO operates the main offshore assets in Abu Dhabi, which have been in redevelopment to maximize output. The Umm Shaif and Lower Zakum offshore oil fields have a combined capacity of 520,000 barrels per day, although after an expansion at each they will have a production capacity of 425,000 bopd and 300 000 barrels per day, respectively. The company drilled 22 new wells in 2011 as part of its capacity boost.

The company is currently involved in the development of Zakum Lower Field to increase its production by 100,000 barrels per day by 2016. The company is currently operating seven drilling rigs and two barges, which will almost double in the next 2 to 3 years as part of the capacity boost.

“The company is also planning to develop new fields like Razbot and Umm Lulu fields to process, store and ship 105,000 barrels per day by the common facilities. Additionally, work is underway in Nasr Field which is expected to process 65 000 barrels per day and the shipment of the crude for final processing, storage and shipping to Das facilities. These projects are expected to increase ADMA-OPCO’s oil production to 970,000 barrels per day by 2020,” the statement added.

Two new oil fields have also come into development: Nasr and Umm al-Lulu. These will add a further 170,000 barrels per day capacity by 2018. 

Zakum Development Company’s (ZADCO) development of Upper Zakum Field is one of the biggest ongoing projects.

“The projects facilities are to be installed on four artificial islands that are being constructed and connected to the present facilities to increase oil production to 750,000 barrels per day by 2017,” the company said.


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