Estimated to be worth $250 million-350 million, the scope of works on the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract covers central production processing facilities, satellite production processing facilities, an oil tank farm and associated works.

The Mukhaizna project calls for the use of thermal injection techniques to raise production from the field to 150,000 barrels a day (b/d) by 2011 from 10,000 b/d. Canada-based WorleyParsons MEG has carried out the front-end engineering and design (FEED) contract.

The Mukhaizna project was to have been carried out by state-owned Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) but was transferred to the Oxy/Liwa-led consortium in June. PDO is pressing ahead with several EOR projects of its own as it attempts to stem declining production. It recently awarded the $960 million EPC contract on Harweel phases 2a and 2b to the Petrofac/Galfar team and on the Qarn Alam steam injection project, the FEED is under way by WorleyParsons MEG. EOR techniques will subsequently be extended on a smaller scale to other fields (MEED 9:12:05).