Kuwait Plans to Extract Gas from Lower Earth Depths

Source: KUNA 12/7/2011, Location: Middle East

Kuwait is strategically planning to produce 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day, announced a senior oil executive. Ahmad Al-Eidan, Manager of Exploration Group of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), said in a statement to KUNA that the company would map out a future plan, to be implemented simultaneously with the 2030 oil strategy, aimed at putting out up to 1.5 billion cf of gas per day.

The plan is basically aimed at extracting oil from the ancient Khuff stratum, he said, indicating that KOC staff was tasked with studying these underground layers, as prelude to execution of the venture. Al-Edian indicated that the KOC started to devote special attention and efforts for studying underground ancient strata for future extraction of gas and oil. Ahead of a recent conference on this issue, hosted by Kuwait, a team of Kuwait experts were dispatched to Oman to study these strata. Moreover, samples of these ancient rocks were extracted and brought from Saudi Arabia for examination.

The Khuff stratum has proven to be of high feasibility in terms of gas and oil drilling, compared to other higher earth strata, Al-Eidan affirmed. This layer of rock is located 7,000 meters under the ground in Kuwait. According to online reports, Khuff is the name of (rock) formation containing huge amount of gas and hydrocarbon accumulation. It belongs to the Upper Permian-Lower Triassic formation in the geological Stratigraphy column, covering a geological period between 225 and 280 million years ago.

Khuff formation was explored and found in many countries across the Arabian Gulf. Production testing has proved that the Khuff reservoir zones are of variable significance from well to well and from field to field. It is estimated that the amount of hydrocarbon reserves in this formation is tremendous. Hence, Khuff could be one of the major energy sources in the future.


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