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How Saudi Aramco Harnesses Technology at Manifa Field Megaproject

The Manifa field development strategy was aimed at transforming the field from being 70% offshore field development to 70% onshore development field through the creation of 27 man-made islands.

Saudi Aramco says its Manifa field is an example of how it is combining its technology and innovation capabilities to develop one of the most challenging megaprojects in the history of the company.

Measuring approximately 45 km in length and 18 km in width, the Manifa field in Saudi Arabia is considered the fifth largest oil field in the world. It was discovered in 1957 with first sustained production in 1964. By 1977, 17 wells had been drilled, mostly offshore. Because of poor demand, the field was mothballed in 1984. But in 2006, a grassroots field redevelopment plan kicked off with major capital spending, and drilling and development started in 2010. The field was successfully put back into production in April 2013, three months ahead of schedule, and the field achieved 500,000 BOPD by July 2013.

By the time the field reaches its full potential at the end of the year, the Manifa field will have the capacity to produce 900,000 BOPD of Arabian heavy crude, 90 MMscf/D of gas, and 65,000 B/D of condensate. The project consists of 42 km of causeways, 3 km of bridges, 27 drilling islands, 13 offshore platforms, 15 onshore drilling islands, water supply wells, injection facilities, multiple pipelines, and a 420-MW heat and electricity plant.

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How Saudi Aramco Harnesses Technology at Manifa Field Megaproject

Abdelghani Henni, JPT Middle East Editor

01 August 2014

Volume: 66 | Issue: 8

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