The Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) has announced a significant investment to upgrade its Bab field, re-energizing one of its largest onshore producing assets to sustain and enhance output. This is an important step towards delivery of the ADNOC group’s 2030 smart growth strategy that seeks to increase its crude oil production capacity and reduce cost, creating a more profitable upstream business.
ADNOC’s plans to upgrade operations at its maturing Bab field will enable production levels to be sustained and production capacity to be increased from 420,000 barrels of oil per day to 450,000 barrels of oil per day by 2020. An Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract has been awarded to China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation (CPECC), affiliated to China National Petroleum (CNPC), by ADNOC Onshore, ADNOC’s subsidiary which operates the field, to carry out the works.
H.E. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO said: “The decision to modernise our production infrastructure at the large Bab field, is another clear signal that ADNOC is making smart investments to increase production capacity, enhance the long-term productivity and maximize the profitability of Abu Dhabi’s oil reserves, as we create a more profitable upstream business, in line with our Supreme Petroleum Council approved 2030 growth strategy.”
The asset upgrade will include the deployment of cluster drilling, in which multiple oil wells are co-located in one place, for the first time at Bab, reducing cost and the environmental footprint of drilling operations. At the same time, digital oil field technology will be introduced to remotely monitor and analyse well performance. Utilization of advanced engineering and value-add technologies is fundamental to enhancing the profitability of ADNOC’s upstream business, by driving operational efficiencies and ensuring sustainable production from its maturing fields.
Abdulmunim Al Kindy, Director of Upstream at ADNOC said: “CPECC has been selected to deliver this important project after an extremely competitive tendering process, ensuring we create the greatest value from the investment required at Bab and partner with an organization which can deploy effective engineering and value-add technologies that support our company-wide drive for greater efficiency and reduced cost while maintaining highest safety standards.
“The Bab field already plays an important role in achieving ADNOC’s production capacity target of 3.5 million barrels of oil per day over the course of 2018. The deployment of advanced digital oil field management technologies is a crucial enabler if we are to optimize recovery and deliver a more profitable upstream business, as we transform the company and balance efficiencies with the right investments for growth.”
In addition to upgrading the Bab production operations, the investment will increase water and gas handling capabilities and deliver an additional degassing and processing train, to be built alongside the existing seven trains that condition crude oil for export.
Digital oil field automation and data driven information technologies are transforming the way ADNOC manages its assets. Profitability is being improved through greater field productivity and predictability, increased production and reduced costs. Continuous monitoring provides a consistent real-time view of the status and performance of an asset, enhancing the decision-making process and eliminating time-consuming, non-value-adding tasks. Automation also leads to better safety as remote monitoring reduces human and environmental exposure to risk in the field.