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Block 61 extension to help tap more gas

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The Royal Decree ratifying the amendment to Block 61 will enable further development of the gas reserves in the area, raising the Sultanate’s gas supply by nearly 40 per cent.

The newly extended area, which adjoins Khazzan to the southwest, will now be known as ‘Ghazeer’ (meaning copious). It adds approximately 1,000 sqkm to the block, bringing the total Block 61 size to 3,950 sqkm, according to a statement.

Ghazeer is forecast to deliver 0.5 billion cubic feet of gas a day by 2020.  With Khazzan due to deliver a billion cubic feet a day by the end of 2017, the two fields will together eventually increase the Sultanate’s natural gas supply by around 40 per cent. This will provide solid foundations for the Sultanate to diversify its industrial base.

Field and well development plans are already underway at Ghazeer and the first development well has been drilled. Around 3.5 trillion cubic feet of accessible gas is estimated to exist at Ghazeer and 125 wells will be drilled over the project lifetime to access it.

BP Oman president Eng. Yousuf Al Ojaili said in a statement: “The issuing of the Royal Decree is a momentous occasion for BP Oman as we continue the development of Block 61 with our partner, OOCEP.  We are on track to deliver Khazzan first gas later this year and, in parallel to that, we will be driving ahead the field development of Ghazeer. Our knowledge and experience from the Khazzaan field will help develop the Ghazeer with the greatest efficiency.”

BP has technical expertise in advanced seismic, hydraulic fracturing and horizontal well design, key to unlocking the vast reserves of tight gas in Khazzan and Ghazeer, he added.

Staff Reporter

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