Muscat, October 13 - Neftegaz.RU. BP
, in partnership with OQ, Petronas
and the Ministry of Energy & Minerals in Oman, announced production has begun from its Block 61 Phase 2 Ghazeer gas field, 33 months after the development was approved.
Ghazeer was initially expected to come into production in 2021. The 1st phase of development of Block 61 – Khazzan – was brought online in September 2017.
Mohammed Al Rumhy, Minister of Energy & Minerals of the Sultanate of Oman, stated: “I am delighted to see BP bringing the Ghazeer gas field online... The gas from Ghazeer will contribute towards Oman’s 2040 vision in terms of providing additional energy to local industries as well as diversifying the economy.”
, BP CEO, said: "This project has been delivered with capital discipline 4 months early, wells are being drilled in record times and, importantly, safety performance has been excellent. It exemplifies what a strong and resilient hydrocarbons business looks like – a core part of our strategy. Total production capacity from Block 61, comprising both Khazzan
and Ghazeer, is expected to rise to 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas a day and more than 65,000 barrels a day of associated condensate. With an estimated 10.5 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas resources, the block has the capacity to deliver approximately 35% of Oman’s total gas demand."
Adopting experience from BP’s onshore operations in the US, Ghazeer’s wells were tested and completed using the ‘green completions’ concept. Historically, hydrocarbons produced during well testing for new completions would be flared. In green completions, the hydrocarbons are routed to the production facility instead, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Since adopting this approach in 2019, 201,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions were saved – equivalent to removing 44,000 cars from the road for a year.
As this important 1st gas milestone is achieved, Omanisation in BP Oman
reached over 80%. Omani-registered companies were also used for over 85% of all project spend.
BP has had an upstream presence in Oman since 2007.