Oxy group to steam heavy oil from Oman’s Mukhaizna field

A group led by Occidental Petroleum Corp. hopes to recover 1 billion bbl of heavy, viscous oil from Mukhaizna field in south-central Oman.Oxy said it will implement a large-scale steamflood project at a cost of more than $2 billion to boost production to 150,000 b/d within a few years from 10,000 b/d at present. Mukhaizna, discovered by Petroleum Development Oman in 1975, began producing in mid-2000 (OGJ Online, May 6, 2005).PDO said last fall it had plans to install an enhanced oil recovery project at Mukhaizna that would involve 1,800-2,200 new wells and begin boosting production in 2007 (OGJ Online, Aug. 27, 2004). At that time the field was operated by the Omani affiliate of Royal Dut...

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