Chinese firm to build two Saudi Aramco oil islands

Saudi Aramco is building two man-made islands to support drilling in the Berri oilfield

Aramco is seeking China's expertise in building man-made islands.
Aramco is seeking China's expertise in building man-made islands.

Saudi Aramco has awarded China Harbour Engineering a contract to build two man-made islands to support drilling in the Berri offshore oilfield located off the east coast. 

The state-owned oil giant's two islands, called Site A and Site B, will be span 1.6ha and 26ha respectively. Both are expected to be completed in 2020.

The construction award was handed out under Aramco's Berri Increment Programme, which aims to produce an additional 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

READ: Saudi Aramco prequalifies six EPC bidders for $6bn Berri oilfield 

By doubling crude oil production at the Berri oilfield to half a million barrels per day,  Aramco hope to maintain its maximum capacity by 2023.

Site A and Site B will be built near shore at the northern and southern sides of the King Fahad Industrial Port causeway in Jubail, the largest industrial city in the world and home to the region's biggest petrochemical producer.

The programme includes installation of a gas oil separation plant in Abu Ali Island, as well as construction of gas processing facilities at the Khursaniyah Gas Plant (KGP) to process 40,000 barrels per day of hydrocarbon condensate. Pipelines, water injection facilities, onshore drilling sites, drilling islands, and offshore facilities are also included.

Saudi Aramco's vice president of project management, Fahad Al-Helal and China Harbour Engineering Arabia's general manager,  Wu Yuansheng, signed the two-year contract.

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