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Oman’s Ghazeer field produces first gas
Production has begun from Phase 2 of the Ghazeer gas field in block 61, Oman, 33 months after the development was approved.
Ghazeer was initially expected to enter production in 2021.The first phase of development of block 61 – Khazzan – came onstream in September 2017. Block 61 partners are BP (60%), Makarim Gas Development (OQ; 30%) and Petronas (10%).
‘The gas from Ghazeer will contribute towards Oman’s 2040 vision in terms of providing additional energy to local industries as well as diversifying the economy,’ says His Excellency Dr Mohammed Al Rumhy, Minister of Energy & Minerals of the Sultanate of Oman.
Total production capacity from Khazzan and Ghazeer is expected to rise to 1.5bn cf/d of gas and more than 65,000 b/d of associated condensate. With an estimated 10.5tn cf of recoverable gas resources, the block has the capacity to deliver approximately 35% of Oman’s total gas demand.
Adopting experience from BP’s onshore operations in the US, Ghazeer’s wells were tested and completed using the ‘green completions’ concept. Historically, hydrocarbons produced during well testing for new completions would be flared. In green completions, the hydrocarbons are routed to the production facility instead, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Since adopting this approach in 2019, 201,000 tonnes of CO2e emissions have been saved, equivalent to removing 44,000 cars from the road for a year, reports BP.