Austria’s OMV plans to almost double the amount of oil it produces at the Habban field in central west Yemen.

A senior source at the company says it awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) deal, to build permanent central processing facilities, to the UAE’s Global Process Systems in May. It did not disclose the award at the time.

The UK’s Kentz Group will act as a subcontractor on the scheme. The source declined to say how much the deal was worth.

OMV currently produces 17,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil through temporary early production facilities at the field. The central processing facilities will allow the company to produce 30,000 b/d.

The Austrian firm plans to start construction in the first quarter of 2010. This is the second phase of the company‘s development of the field. The source adds that OMV may decide to add more facilities to boost output at the field further.

The company is also tendering an EPC deal to build a 120-kilometre pipeline from Habban to export facilities in the south of the country (MEED 15:12:09).