British energy giant BP has boosted production at the Khazzan gas field in Oman, according to reports.
Speaking to the Oman Daily Observer newspaper, a BP official said output at the site hit the milestone mark of 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day (bcf/d) at the end of February.
The Khazzan field is operated by BP in partnership with Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production. The site’s tight gas reserves lie at depths of up to five kilometres in narrow bands of hard, dense rock. Specialised drilling equipment, the precise drilling of both vertical and horizontal wells, and well stimulation are all required in order to release the gas.
Production at Khazzan got underway ahead of schedule last September, following the construction of 200 wells that feed into a two-train central processing facility. It represented BP’s largest project start-up in 2017.
The target for Phase One of the project was to deliver 1 bcf/d gas to the Sultanate of Oman.
Further expansion was always planned and an $800m deal linked to Phase Two was signed between BP and British oil services firm Petrofac at the end of last year.
This stage of the project will further develop the Omani gas field through the construction of the Phase Two central processing facility (CPF). Once complete, total production capacity will be boosted to 1.5 billion standard cubic feet of gas per day.
It’s estimated there are 10.5 trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas resources in place across the Khazzan field.
Speaking at the inauguration of the field last November, BP group chief executive Bob Dudley said the project would continue to deliver benefits for Oman and BP for decades to come.
He said: “Although this marks just the beginning of operations for Khazzan, we have already been working towards this for ten years, building close relationships with Oman and our partners. I expect these will continue to grow and deepen.”