Petroleum Development Oman discovers three oil fields, one gas field

Petroleum Development Oman discovered three oil fields and one natural gas field through its exploration drilling program in 2009, reports Business Standard. The largest oil producer in the Middle Eastern country, PDO is planning further development operations to bring the discoveries into production quickly.

Al Ghubar Oil Field

First, an exploration program in central Oman led to a major oil discovery at Al Ghubar South, which is nearby the Al Ghubar and Qarn Alam fields. The Al Ghubar South field is expected to hold more than 1 billion barrels of oil in place.

The oil produced at Al Ghubar South is both heavy and light. PDO ran a production test in 2009 to ensure that the heavy oil in the reservoir could be produced via existing enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques.

The company has already created a development team to fast-track development at Al Ghubar South. PDO expects to have an initial field development plan in place within months.

Dafiq West Oil Field

Situated nearby the existing Dafiq field that was uncovered in 2005 in northern Oman, the Dafiq West oil field was also discovered in 2009.

Although further testing on the field is required, the Dafiq and Dafiq West fields will most likely be developed together due to their close proximity and similar qualities.

Anbar Oil Field

Also discovered in 2009, the Anbar oil field is close to the Sadad field in central Oman.

The Anbar oil field was discovered through extensive drilling conducted on the reservoir that consisted of 12 exploratory wells drilled in a grid pattern. Five of these wells transected oil in the Gharif formation.

In an effort to bring the field into production as quickly as possible, these five Anbar oil wells are being tied to existing production infrastructure in the area.

Khulud Natural Gas Field

Found in the northern section of PDO’s concession area, the Khulud natural gas field is expansive.

With reserves encountered at both high temperatures and low permeability, Khulud boasts large volumes of gas at a depth of more than 5, 000 meters. Two more wells are planned on the field in 2010 to help further define the Khulud discovery.

Production Development Oman is majority-owned by the government of Oman with 60 percent interest. Shell holds 234 percent interest in the company, Total (TOT) holds 4 percent interest, and Partex holds the remaining 2 percent interest.

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