Kuwait Oil Co. has signed a 5-year service contract with Royal Dutch Shell PLC to manage the further development of nonassociated gas-condensate fields in northern Kuwait. Shell is expected to provide technical advisors because the fields involve “unconventional geological formations, difficult reservoir conditions, and complex gas compositions,” Shell said. Geologic and engineering details were not immediately available.
Deep gas exploration that started last decade has resulted in production of 140 MMcfd of nonassociated gas, short of Kuwait’s goal of 175 MMcfd by this time, officials said. The ultimate goal is 2.5 bcfd of nonassociated gas output by 2030. Kuwaiti sources reported the country’s first nonassociated gas discovery at the MU-12 well below Mutriba oil field, southwest of Raudhatain (OGJ, May 10, 2004, p. 34). The well produced gas-condensate from the Permo-Triassic Sudair formation at 19,000 ft. At least one Mutriba well has been drilled as deep as 23,000 ft.
Kuwait also has deep nonassociated gas production in Umm Niga field and from the Lower Jurassic Marrat formation in Sabriyah field. Kuwait has claimed that 35 tcf is recoverable from those two fields. Flows have also been reported from the Middle Jurassic Sargelu formation in northern Kuwait. The emirate hopes to boost nonassociated gas output to 1.5 bcfd by 2015. The original plan called for as few as 85-90 wells, but lately officials have begun talking in terms of nearly 200 wells.
Associated gas production is also expected to rise to 1.5 bcfd from the present 1 bcfd as Kuwait hikes oil output to a goal of 4 million b/d from 3.15 million b/d currently.