Development planned for Libyan oil field

An Indonesian-Libyan joint operating company has taken a step toward development of an oil field in the Hamada area of the Ghadames basin about 200 km south of Tripoli.

The company, Nafusah Oil Operations BV Libyan Branch, let a front-end engineering design contract for the project to a joint venture of Foster Wheeler AG’s Global Engineering & Construction Group and Taknia Libya Engineering Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Libya’s National Oil Corp. (NOC).

The Area 47 Development Project includes North Hamada field.

Foster Wheeler said the development will involve about 11 existing and 23 new wells, flowlines, and a common gathering trunkline to carry produced fluids to a central gas-oil separation (GOS) facility.

The planned design capacity of the GOS facility is 50,000 b/d of oil and 90 MMscfd of natural gas. Produced water will be injected into the reservoir.

After separation, oil and gas will move through new pipelines to connections with existing lines for transport to the Mellitah terminal on the Mediterranean Sea in northwestern Libya.

Production is planned to start by the end of 2016.

Partners in Nafusah Oil Operations are NOC, 51%, and Medco International Ventures Ltd. and Libyan Investment Authority, 24.5% each.

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