Vice President of Saudi Aramco for Project Management Abdulrahman Al-Wuhaib reported today that production and pipeline shipments of Arabian extra light crude oil from the Shaybah field started early last month. He attributed the success of the Shaybah project, which has a production target of 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day, to the combined efforts of employees, contractors and suppliers, adding that project completion time was cut by 25 percent following the preliminary engineering work.
The Shaybah project was a global effort and involved contractors from Saudi Arabia, the United States, Argentina, United Kingdom, France and Greece. It includes a central gas-oil separate plant (gosp) with two satellites, 140 oil production and gas and water injection wells, and hundreds of miles of pipeline, including one connecting the field to the processing facilities 640 kilometers (400 miles) away in Abqaiq, where Shaybah crude is stabilized and blended with crude from other fields for export. The project also includes an airstrip and terminal, an access road, a fiber-optic cable communications link with Abqaiq, and facilities for 750 full-time residents. The Shaybah oilfield lies 800 kilometers (500 miles) southeast of Dhahran in the Rub-al-Khali desert and is more than 500 kilometers (over 300 miles) from the nearest town.
Meanwhile, in a related development, it was announced President and Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco Abdullah Juma'ah will deliver the keynote address at 'Petrotech '98', the Second Middle East Refining and Petrochemicals Conference and Exhibition to be held in Manama, Bahrain, on September 12-14. The conference, in which more than 250 companies from over 20 countries will take part, will focus on technology and business prospects at the turn of the century.