DNO aiming to revive ailing field offshore UAE

Offshore staff

OSLO, Norway – DNO says this spring it plans to start re-development of the Saleh field, 45 km (28 mi) offshore Ras al Khaimah, UAE.

Saleh was developed by a previous operator in the 1980s. The production complex comprises six platforms with seven wells and interconnected pipelines. At peak it produced 70 MMcf/d (2 MMcm/d) of gas and 13,000 b/d of condensate, although output has tumbled due to pressure depletion and water breakthrough.

Last year, DNO reported plans to re-enter four to five of the wells and to upgrade four platforms, with production to be sent to the onshore RAK gas processing plant via an existing pipeline.

In block 8 offshore Oman, production has declined from record rates last November to around 17,000 b/d of oil and condensate and 50 MMcf/d (1.4 MMcm/d) of gas.

Drilling of the third and final development well in the current campaign, Bukha-4, started in early December and is expected to be completed next month.

Additionally, DNO is considering further drilling or well stimulation opportunities on the offshore West Bukha field.

In the Tunisian Hammamet offshore concession, the company has entered into the second term of the license period. Evaluation continues of 3D seismic over the Tazerka North and Kasserine areas.

2/12/2013

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