Production from Zakum Field Increased

A major project to boost the production capacity of the Zakum offshore field has just been completed. The project called for a gas injection process, as part of an overall program to upgrade the crude output capability. The Pilot Gas Injection Project has been 'successfully accomplished' and it involved the utilization of a 4,000-ton gas injection platform at the field, according to Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Co., one of Zakum's operators.

It said the platform, a joint venture between Adma-Opco and the Zakum Development Co., has the capacity to inject up to 100 million cubic feet per day of high-pressure hydrocarbon gas to each of the Lower and Upper Zakum reservoirs.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. said expansion projects at oil facilities would raise the UAE's sustainable crude output capacity from around 2.5 million barrels per day to 3.6 million bpd in 2005 and four million in 2010.

At least $15 billion have been pumped into such projects in the past decade and more than $10 billion is expected to be invested in oil and gas projects.

In July, Adnoc, Adma and Zadco said they had completed the first phase of a project involving the biggest seismic survey of its kind in the world to develop Lower and Upper Zakum.