PDO inaugurates Mussallim field facilities

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10th November 2008

Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) announces the formal opening of new production facilities at the Mussallim oil field in central Oman. The new units were inaugurated by Managing Director John Malcolm and Oil North Director Saif al Hinai on November 8th in a ceremony marking the completion of the two-and-a-half-year project.

PDO has built a new unit and upgraded an existing unit at the field’s processing station. As a result, throughput capacity at the Mussallim station has risen from 100,000 to 230,000 barrels per day (b/d) of gross production of oil and water. The new facilities will cater for an additional 50 wells – 35 oil producers and 15 water injectors.

As part of the Mussallim field expansion project, PDO has also successfully drilled 24 new producing wells and installed new processing facilities which have resulted in a threefold increase in oil production.

The Mussallim project is one of the Company’s critical secondary-recovery projects which are needed to sustain PDO’s oil production before enhanced oil recovery projects come on stream over the next few years.

“This is a major achievement undertaken in record time,” commented al Hinai. “The implementation team successfully fast-tracked the project by using an existing facility design from a similar field as well as using existing engineering contracts, thus shortening the execution period from the typical four years to thirty months.”

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