PDO lets contract for Kauther depletion-compression project

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) let a $350 million engineering, procurement, and construction contract to Petrofac Ltd. for the Kauther gas field depletion-compression project.

Uchenna Izundu
OGJ International Editor

LONDON, July 2 -- Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) let a $350 million engineering, procurement, and construction contract to Petrofac Ltd. for the Kauther gas field depletion-compression project.

Petrofac will design the gas compression system and associated facilities at the Kauther gas plant, as well commission and operate them for 6 months.

Petrofac completed the 20 MMcfd, single-train separation Kauther gas plant in 2007. PDO operates the Al Dakhlia region field (OGJ Online, June 26, 2006). Conditioned gas from the plant flows into the domestic gas system. Condensate is transported to the Saih Rawl central processing plant (OGJ Online, Aug. 1, 2005).

Last year, condensate production increased from 48,000 b/d to over 77,000 b/d, an increase of more than 50% because of the first full year of operations of the Kauther gas plant.

PDO ordered advanced, high-pressure compression technology from GE Oil & Gas for 16 electric motor-driven centrifugal compressors for high-pressure injection applications in Kauther, Saih Nihayda, and Yibal gas fields of Oman. This contract is worth more than $250 million, and the equipment will be delivered in 2009-15, for 14 projects that will come on line in 2010-16.

Contact Uchenna Izundu at uchennai@pennwell.com.

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