Al Dhafra Petroleum, a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Korea National Oil Company (KNOC) and GS Energy, began producing crude oil from Abu Dhabi’s Haliba field.
The JV also discovered potential resources in three new fields in its concession area, ADNOC said in a statement about the project, which it said is also a building block in its ambition to reach oil production capacity growth to 4 million barrels per day by the end of 2020.
ADNOC said the initial production from the Haliba field, located along the southeast border of Abu Dhabi, would progressively increase to 40,000 bpd by the end of 2019 as Al Dhafra Petroleum further unlocks the substantial potential of the field.
Al Dhafra Petroleum started an extensive appraisal program in Haliba field that enabled it to discover 1.1 billion barrels of original oil in place (OOIP), a significant increase from the 180 million initially estimated. At the same time, it discovered potential resources in three new fields – Al Humrah, Bu Tasah, and Bu Nikhelah – following intensive exploration programs.
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO: “First oil from Haliba demonstrates our ambition to unlock and maximise value from all of Abu Dhabi’s oil and gas resources to create long-term and sustainable returns for the UAE and our partners as we respond to the world’s growing demand for energy. ADNOC is committed to delivering a more profitable upstream business and expanding our oil production capacity, and the production from Haliba field is an integral part of achieving our targets.”
Al Dhafra Petroleum plans to accelerate oil production from these fields by utilising modularised production units that provide swift and innovative production capability and will transport the oil for processing using trucks. This efficient approach can unlock immediate value by reducing the oil’s ‘discovery-to-market’ cycle to less than two years, increasing profitability and shareholder value.
Ilpyo Hong, Chairman of the Trade, Industry, Energy, SMEs, and Start-Ups Committee of the National Assembly of South Korea said: “Given the utmost importance of securing a stable oil supply source to Korea, successful first oil production in Haliba field is a very meaningful event,” adding that the announcement will strengthen the South Korea-UAE strategic bilateral relationship as the two countries’ mutual interests expand over the long term.
ADNOC said Haliba field will serve as the main production hub in Al Dhafra Petroleum’s concession area and enable it to unlock value from other nearby prospects. Al Dhafra Petroleum continues to explore an additional 70 prospects in its concession area.
Al Dhafra Petroleum utilises smart oilfield innovation at Haliba field to reduce operating costs while maximising value from the development of other nearby marginal fields. Operational data is integrated into a centralised system that allows for remote monitoring of the site and provides unmanned facilities capability.
To optimise ADNOC’s infrastructure, the crude oil produced from the Haliba field is transported to ADNOC Onshore’s Asab Central Degassing Station for processing. After processing, the stabilised crude is then transported via ADNOC Onshore’s existing main oil lines to the marine export terminals for export.
Al Dhafra Petroleum is 60 per cent owned by ADNOC and 40 percent by KNOC and GSE Energy, which is represented by the Korean Abu Dhabi Oil Consortium (KADOC).