OME 2013: Al-Naimi reviews Saudi Aramco’s offshore operations

Offshore staff

DOHA, Qatar – Nasir K. Al-Naimi, vice president of Northern Area Oil Operations, recently took a crowd of Offshore Middle East Conference and Exhibition participants on a historical journey through Saudi Aramco’s investment in offshore operations.

The conference and exhibition was held Jan. 21-23 at the Qatar National Convention Center in Doha, with HE Dr. Mohammed bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister for Energy and Industry of Qatar, opening the conference.

This year’s event featured more than 60 speakers from nearly 20 countries and hosted more than 40 exhibitors. Topics covered included well construction and drilling, gas operations, field development, asset integrity, human resources/training, and reservoir management.

The three-day event also included sessions relevant to all aspects of natural gas and gas liquids – in parallel with the upstream and exploration emphasis – that have not been observed at previous Offshore Middle East events.

Al-Naimi spoke of how Saudi Aramco’s investment in offshore operations started with development of the Safaniya field and led to recent accomplishments in producing Saudi Aramco’s first offshore non-associated high-pressure/high-temperature gas from the Karan field, and the ongoing investments in Manifa, Arabiya and Hasbah fields.

Al-Naimi also talked about two major gas projects in the Karan and Wasit fields, noting that these projects feature state-of-the-art gas development technologies with unique large-bore well designs, automated control systems and intelligent field infrastructure to maximize well productivity with the highest levels of safety.

Al-Naimi went on to explain how Manifa’s development exemplifies the powerful combination of technology and innovation in a shallow marine environment. Plans are for the Manifa field to produce 900,000 b/d of Arab Heavy crude oil in the most cost-effective, safe, and environmentally responsible manner.

In addition to the delivery of a keynote address at the Operators’ Perspective session, Saudi Aramco sponsored the event, and Northern Area Production Engineering and Well Services Department (NAPE&WSD) presented a paper titled “Systematic Approach to Integrate a Comprehensive Surface and Subsurface Well Integrity Management System.”


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