BP Khazzan project on track for first gas with 50 wells completed

May 23, 2017

BP on Tuesday announced that it has reached a significant milestone in the development of the Khazzan gas project with the successful drilling and completion of the 50th well at the large gas field in Block 61. This is the final well targeted for completion enabling first gas to be delivered later this year, BP said in a press release.

These first 50 wells will enable production of 1bn cubic feet of gas a day to be achieved from first gas onwards and delivered to the sultanate. This will rise to 1.5bn cubic feet per day once the second phase of the Khazzan project is fully up and running in 2020. A total of over 300 wells will be drilled over the estimated lifetime of the Khazzan project.

The Khazzan gas reserves lie at depths of up to 5km in narrow bands of extremely hard and dense rock. These complex and challenging conditions require specialist cutting and drilling equipment, the drilling of both vertical and horizontal wells, stimulation technologies to free the gas, as well as accuracy and efficiency.

Local Omani businesses have provided rigs, stimulation and drilling support, with BP bringing to bear its advanced seismic, hydraulic fracturing and well design expertise. Omani firms have won drilling contracts valued at 85 per cent of the total spend at Khazzan and 60 per cent of overall well services contracts.

Paul Forman, BP Oman’s vice president in charge of wells, said, “This is a big day for all of us involved in the Khazzan project and is testament to what can be achieved by integrating wells and reservoir understanding and working collaboratively with our suppliers and subject matter experts in BP. Our local Omani contractors have been an essential part of this success, offering products and services from rig management and drill bits to well interventions.”

BP is the operator of Block 61 and holds a 60 per cent interest. Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production (OOCEP) holds a 40 per cent interest.

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