PDO unveils plans for 16 EOR projects

Mar 03, 2014 12:00 AM

Petroleum Development Oman ( PDO ) has announced that it is executing 16 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) field developments and trials. The initiative follows its record production and safety figures in 2013.

The company is currently engaged in chemical, thermal and miscible gas injection - techniques that are used to extract heavy or difficult oil - across its concession area and EOR will account for a third of its production by 2023.


In 2013, PDO recorded average production of 1.25 mm barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) per day - for the sixth consecutive year it improved performance - and stepped up its drive for unconventional oil and gas.

Addressing a media briefing at the Ministry of Oil and Gas, Raoul Restucci, managing director, PDO , said that in 2013 the company added 317 mm barrels of oil reserves with total gas-developed reserves increasing by 1.3 tn cubic feet.

He said, "There has been a concerted effort across PDO to engage efficiently, responsibly and safely in the exploration and production of hydrocarbons and this resulted in a record-breaking production performance. This is all the more impressive considering that the year started badly after the disruption caused by the serious fire at our Yibal field at the end of 2012."

"As the easy oil supplies dwindle, EOR is going to account for an increasing part of our production portfolio. PDO is already a world leader in this area, but we are now redoubling our efforts to ensure we maximise production from our fields," Restucci said.

In 2013, PDO had production from four major EOR developments at Marmul, Qarn Alam, Harweel (2AB), and Amal West, which is at an advanced stage of commissioning. The polymer project in Marmul posted 6.3 mm barrels of incremental oil recovery in December.

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