ADNOC awards EPC contract for Bab onshore field upgrade

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to upgrade its Bab onshore field

Upgrade will increase capacity to 450,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020.
Upgrade will increase capacity to 450,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020.

The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract to upgrade its Bab onshore field.

The contract has been awarded to China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation, CPECC, affiliated to China National Petroleum, CNPC, by ADNOC Onshore, ADNOC’s subsidiary, which operates the field to carry out works.

ADNOC’s plans to upgrade operations at its maturing Bab field will enable production levels to be sustained and production capacity to be increased from 420,000 barrels of oil per day to 450,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020.

As part of the project scope, digital oil field technology will be introduced to remotely monitor and analyse well performance.

The upgrade will also include the deployment of cluster drilling for the first time at Bab, where multiple oil wells will be co-located in one place.

Abdulmunim Al Kindy, director of Upstream at ADNOC, said: "The Bab field already plays an important role in achieving ADNOC’s production capacity target of 3.5 million barrels of oil per day over the course of 2018.

“The deployment of advanced digital oil field management technologies is a crucial enabler if we are to optimise recovery and deliver a more profitable upstream business, as we transform the company and balance efficiencies with the right investments for growth,” he added.

In addition to upgrading the Bab production operations, the investment will increase water and gas handling capabilities and deliver an additional degassing and processing train, to be built alongside the existing seven trains that condition crude oil for export.

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