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BP Oman to boost drilling, general manager says



Muscat: BP Oman plans to increase its drilling activity in the Khazzan project to unlock the massive unconventional gas reserves in the field, said BP Oman general manager Dave Campbell.

So far, more than 15 wells have been drilled and five or six more wells will be drilled by the end of 2014, Campbell told reporters on Monday on the sidelines of a function to inaugurate BP Oman's Technicians Training Centre in Ghala.
 
"We have, at the moment, two drilling rigs, and by the middle of next year to the end of next year, we will have eight drilling rigs. So we are ramping up the drilling activity," he added.

Campbell also noted that the remaining projects (about 20 per cent) will be awarded soon.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, he said, "This is a significant year for BP in Oman, with the BP-operated Khazzan Project now under development following the Royal Decree (11/2014) in February 2014 and our announcement of the project sanction in December 2013. 

"Since then, we have been 'in action' as we prepare to unlock the massive unconventional gas reserves of the Khazzan field. The development of the Khazzan tight gas field in Block 61 will involve a drilling programme of around 300 wells over 15 years and deliver plateau production of one billion cubic feet of gas per day."

BP had earlier said that the project will significantly contribute towards ensuring continuing stable supplies from domestic sources.

To contact our reporter: elham@timesofoman.com

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