On Thursday 15th of January 2015, OOCEP announced the commencement of commercial export of Block 60 tight gas & condensate from the Abu Tabul Field in an official ceremony held at the field under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Al Said, Advisor to His Majesty and in the presence of other Highnesses, Ministers, Undersecretaries, and several senior Government officials.
This follows after the start of commissioning of the newly built Gas Processing Plant on 23rd September and the processing and export of unconventional tight gas into the Government Gas System – for the first time in the country’s modern history. The state-of-the-art processing plant – an estimated $1 billion investment made this far in the project – expected to reach a plateau production of 70 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd) by the end of this year. Along with gas, the facility will also produce condensates averaging 6,000 barrels per day (bpd) around the same timeframe.
Abu Tabul also known as Block 60, a 1,500 sq kilometre concession encompassing the wilayats of Ibri and Haima, is 100 per cent owned and operated by OOCEP. The concession was acquired by OOCEP in December 2010 after the previous operator relinquished the block. Exploration, appraisal and development efforts commenced immediately to avoid any interruption in the timeline of the project.
Production from Abu Tabul Field has commenced with gas feeding into the world class gas processing plant at a rate of 27 MMscfd and condensate averaged at 2,500 bpd. Efforts have been condensed to ramp up production to 70 MMscfd and 5,500 bpd of condensate from the challenging unconventional tight sandstone reservoirs of ABB by year end 2014.
“The project embodies the cohesion of the tremendous efforts of all parties, whether Governmental or the private sector to find best ways to meet the future challenges, where the Sultanate is considered one of the first countries in the region to extract non-conventional gas from deep reservoirs. The project was completed in a record time (3 years) and so it’s considered a global record at this stage” said Salim Al Sibani, CEO of OOCEP
“ The real value of this achievement is the success of establishing local expertise that can compete in this industry and the establishment of lots of procedures, standards and policies that provide foundations for the execution of future projects.” added Suleiman Al Zakwani, Project Director.