Major investment planned at Khafji

27 September 2002

The local Al-Khafji Joint Operations, a joint venture between Aramco Gulf Operations Company and Japan's Arabian Oil Company, is expected to issue a tender by early November for the position of project management consultant (PMC) on several onshore and offshore industrial projects planned at Al-Khafji.

The five-year contract will include preparing front-end engineering and design (FEED), preliminary and detailed engineering studies, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) bid packages, overseeing project schedules and related works.

Offshore projectsinclude: the replacement of the existing pneumatic control system with a new digital control system and related power and instrumentation works; the installation of new flow stations, a production separator with booster pumps, flare jacket bridge, helideck, oil transmission line, power control system and associated facilities; the installation of multi-phase flow meters on several well jackets for remote monitoring; and the installation of a 42-kilometre crude oil pipeline;

Onshore projects are: the renovation of the existing crude loading facilities including piping, pumps, control systems and power supply; the replacement of the six existing direct heaters at the Al-Khafji desalter area; a review of the existing facilities and provision of pre-setting facilities to reduce water cut in the crude feed to the desalting plant; and the replacement of existing pits at Al-Khafji and Ratawi with new concrete dikes and water skimming facilities.

The planned projects at Al-Khafji are part of a five-year, $1,200 million investment programme aimed at maintaining and increasing production from offshore fields in the Neutral Zone shared between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and building associated support facilities at Al-Khafji (MEED 14:6:02).

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