Saudi Arabia prioritizes Khurais and Shaybah capacity
Lying adjacent to one of the world largest oil field, the giant Ghawar, Khurais is also of a significant size at the scale of Saudi Arabia with the benefit to hold still easy to reach reserves of crude oil and condensate.
Despite its huge reserves the Kingdom is investing cautiously to increase again the oil production after a couple of years developing the petrochemical sector and more recently the unconventional gas or deep offshore exploration in the Red Sea.
In parallel, Saudi Arabia wants to keep leading the control of the crude oil on the global market.
For these reasons, Saudi Arabia is targeting to maintain its 12.5 million barrels per day national capacity over 2017.
In respect with the ongoing maturing fields to decline at that term, Saudi Aramco is due to compensate 550,000 b/d of crude oil production by 2017.
From these 550,000 b/d, Khurais should contribute for 300,000 b/d and Shaybah for 250,000 b/d.
Saudi Aramco selected Khurais and Shaybah because they present accessible reserves at a minimum of capital expenditure compared with other fields to require intensive enhanced oil recovery (EOR) activities.
Foster Wheeler completed Khurais Expansion FEED
Discovered in 2009, Khurais is currently producing 1.2 million b/d of crude oil while Shaybah is running at 750,000 b/d.
In September 2013, Foster Wheeler, despite that it was not longer qualified as general engineering services plus (GES-Plus) provider , has been selected by Saudi Aramco to perform the front end engineering and design (FEED) work on Khurais Expansion project.
– Seawater pipeline
– Khurais additional central processing facility (CPF)
– Export Mazlij – Abu Jifan pipeline
– Offsite and utilities
For this package, Saudi Aramco had qualified nine engineering companies from Asia, Middle-East and Europe.
From these nine qualified companies, seven are expected to submit a technical and commercial offer in August 2014.