• Geophysical and topographical survey work is being carried out on the site
  • The contract is worth $4.2bn and was won by Petrofac in January
  • The initial phase of the Lower Fars heavy oil project is expected to produce 60,000 barrels a day
  • Kuwait is looking to ramp up production amid the shutdown of oil fields in the Divided Zone

Geophysical and topographical survey work is being carried out on the site of the planned Lower Fars Heavy Oil Development project in North Kuwait, according to a source with knowledge of the project.

The survey work comes ahead of construction, which is due to start in the first quarter of 2016, according to the source.

UK-based company Petrofac won the $4.2bn contract for the project in January 2015.

In a statement issued on 20 January, Petrofac said the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) element of the project is due to be completed in 52 months, after which the plant will be turned over to KOC.

The scope of work covers greenfield and brownfield facilities and includes engineering, procurement, construction, pre-commissioning, commissioning, start-up and operations and maintenance work for the main central processing facility (CPF) and associated infrastructure as well as the production support complex.

This includes a pipeline of almost 162 kilometres, which will transport the heavy crude from the CPF to South Tank Farm located in Ahmadi, from where KOC has the option to send it to the proposed Al-Zour refinery in the south of Kuwait.

When fully operational, it is expected the initial phase of the Lower Fars heavy oil project will produce about 60,000 barrels a day (b/d) of oil.

Kuwait is looking to ramp up production amid the shutdown of oil fields in the Divided Zone, which is shared by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Contractors have blamed the shutdown on a political spat between the two countries over land use in the region.

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