Gas injection project awarded for Abu Dhabi offshore field

By the OGJ Online Staff

HOUSTON, Oct. 17 -- Abu Dhabi Marine Operations Co. (ADMA-OPCO) awarded a major gas injection project to expand the output of Zakum oil field, the primary Abu Dhabi offshore field.

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries news service said the contract went to Kellogg Brown & Root.

Gas will be moved from giant Umm Shaif field to the Zakum West Complex for injection.

ADMA-OPCO said, "It is one of the largest offshore operations in the history of the company." It said a 200 MMcfd compressor would be installed at the gas injection platform.

"The operation is challenging and the compressor itself is one of a kind, due to its huge capacity," said Ayman al Makawi, project manager.

He said gas from Umm Shaif would be compressed and delivered to an existing wellhead tower for injection. The multi-million dollar project, due for completion by 2004, includes a year of engineering, design, and procurement.

According to the OPEC news agency, the United Arab Emirates has spent more than $15 billion over the past 10 years to increase oil production capacity. UAE reserves are estimated at 98 billion bbl.

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