OOCEP Block 60 operations herald new era of unconventional tight gas production
Oman’s first tight gas project set to come on stream
MUSCAT – In a landmark development for the Sultanate’s pivotal hydrocarbon sector, Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production LLC (OOCEP), the upstream subsidiary of the Sultanate’s energy investment arm, Oman Oil Company, is preparing to bring its Abu Butabul tight gas field in Block 60 into commercial production, thereby becoming the first Omani operator to add unconventional tight gas to the nation’s expanding gas base. Last week, the company began commissioning its newly built Gas Processing Plant at the start of a long exercise that will culminate in the production, processing and export of unconventional tight gas into the Government Gas System – for the first time in the country’s modern history.
Full commercial operations are slated around October-end with the state-of-the-art processing plant – the centrepiece of an estimated $1 billion investment made thus 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. Read More