Parsons to upgrade SEK masterplan

16 September 2005
Australia's WorleyParsonshas been awarded a contract to review and upgrade the masterplan involving the existing surface production facilities in the oil fields of southern and southeastern Kuwait (SEK). The scope of works for the 18-month contract includes the development of a new infrastructure masterplan (IMP), suggesting ways for an artificial lift and carrying out a study to replace the ageing equipment. The contract will also involve replacing existing pipelines and crude manifold systems as well as the installation of facilities for the reinjection of gas (MEED 5:8:05).

The project is aimed at increasing production capacity in SEK by 300,000 barrels a day (b/d) to 1.6 million b/d and at a later stage by a further 300,000 b/d. 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 contract was placed by the US' Chevron Corporation, which was awarded in early 2005 a contract extension by state-owned operator Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to provide technical expertise and support for its upstream operations. The technical services agreement (TSA) was worth KD 38.3 million ($132 million). WorleyParsons will augment Chevron's staff in an integrated team.

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. The other main crude increment scheme is the proposed $8,500 million Project Kuwait upstream initiative.

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