State upstream operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC)is understood to be pressing ahead with a review of the masterplan for surface production facilities in its southern and southeastern Kuwait (SEK) oilfields. Under the proposed phase 1 development, the aim is to increase production in SEK by 300,000 barrels a day (b/d) to 1.6 million b/d. KOC plans to increase production by a further 300,000 b/d at a later stage.
The scope of works will involve replacing existing pipelines and crude manifold systems as well as the installation of facilities for the reinjection of gas. SEK is home to the Burgan oil field, the world's second largest oil reservoir, as well as the Umm Gudair and Minagish fields. The increase in output capacity will go some way to meeting the state's ambitious production capacity target of 4 million b/d by 2020. Until now, the focus had been on KOC's $8,500 million Project Kuwait upstream initiative (MEED 1:7:05). KOC has also been examining other options to raise capacity. The tender in early June of the five-year contract to operate a 50,000-b/d early production facility (EPF) signals that KOC is prepared to outsource production to the private sector (MEED 3:6:05).