Compression to buoy Sawan gas output in Pakistan

By an OGJ correspondent

KARACHI, Nov. 8 -- OMV (Pakistan) Exploration GMBH has awarded a $100 million contract to ABB Process Solutions & Services SPA to install a compression facility at Sawan gas field in Sindh Province, in the central Indus basin 500 km from Karachi. The compressor station is scheduled to be commissioned in first-quarter 2010.

OMV, operator of the field, said the project will boost Sawan's proved developed reserves, prolong the life of the field, and increase the field's net value. Production from Sawan field earlier this year was increased to 400 MMscfd of gas from 340 MMscfd under a $350 million investment plan (OGJ Online, Feb. 2, 2007).

OMV discovered Sawan in 1998. The field, declared commercial in December 1999 and put on stream in 2003, lies between the markets of gas suppliers Sui Northern Gas Pipelines and Sui Southern Gas Co., enabling OMV to deliver to both networks.

Sawan field partners are: OMV 19.74%, Pakistan Petroleum Ltd. 26.18%, Eni AEP Ltd. 23.68%, Government Holdings Private Ltd. 22.5%, and Moravske Naftove Doly AS 7.9%.

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