UK firm Petrofac and Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) has won the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Lower Fars heavy oil (LFHO) development project, with a bid of $4.3bn.
Other bidders for the scheme were:
- SK Engineering & Construction (South Korea) $4.5bn
- Eni Saipem (Italy) $6bn
- GS Engineering & Construction (South Korea) $6.3bn
The single EPC tender is for the first phase of the projects development and includes the construction of a steam injection facility, production facilities, a support complex, tank farms and a 270,000 barrel-a-day (b/d) pipeline to transport the heavy crude to the planned new refinery at Al-Zour in the south of Kuwait.
Mohammed al-Abduljaleel, KOCs manager of capital project planning, told the MEED Kuwait Projects Conference held in Kuwait on 24-25 November, that phase one would produce 60,000 b/d by 2020.
Under the governments plans, the development of heavy oil assets in the country is expected to help compensate for declines in conventional oil production.
Spread over 1,200 square kilometres in Kuwaits northern desert, the Lower Fars reservoir contains between 7 billion and 15 billion barrels of oil in place.
The Lower Fars reservoirs contain heavy oil with a gravity ranging from 17 API to as low as 11, compared with Kuwaits regular crude blends, which have an average gravity of about 30 API. It is also highly viscous, in the range of 200 to 1,000 centipoise (CP).
To address this, the project will use the cyclic steam stimulation (CSS) technique, where steam is injected into the reservoir to heat the highly viscous oil, making it easier to pump to the surface.