CALGARY, Canada -- Oil and gas production has begun from the West Bukha field in block 8 in the Strait of Hormuz offshore the Sultanate of Oman. Heritage Oil reports Initial flow rates of approximately 10,000 b/d of good quality, light sweet, 42º API oil and 30 MMcf/d of associated gas from the Mishriff-Maudud and Thamama reservoirs.
Production is from two wells through a recently installed six-slot unmanned platform in 90 m (295 ft) of water approximately 25 km (16 mi) from the Musandam Peninsula. The field is considered to have additional untapped potential which will require further appraisal, the company says.
Production is tied through a 12-in. (30-cm) subsea multiphase flowline to the nearby Bukha production platform. The Bukha gas condensate field, also in block 8, began production in 1994 and today can flow an additional 10 to 15 MMcf/d of non-associated gas with condensate. Output from the two fields is transported to shore by a 33-km (21-mi) multiphase pipeline for processing at the Khor Khwair plant in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Oil and condensate are slated for export and gas is delivered to industrial and commercial users in the Emirate, the company says.