Uncertain future for Zora gas production offshore UAE
Dana Gas continues to evaluate the future of the Zora gas field, which lies in the Sharjah Western Offshore and Ajman concession areas.
SHARJAH, UAE – Dana Gas continues to evaluate the future of the Zora gas field, which lies in the Sharjah Western Offshore and Ajman concession areas.
The field delivers slightly sour gas to an unmanned platform in 24 m (79 ft) water depth, 33 km (21 mi) offshore, with production exported through a 12-in. subsea pipeline and an onshore pipeline to a gas processing plant in Sharjah’s Hamriyah Free Zone.
The gas plant, which started operating in February 2016, currently supplies 8 MMcf/d to Sharjah power station, with 76 b/d of associated condensate.
Production from Zora last year averaged 1,650 boe/d, down from 2,750 boe/d in 2016. With output from the Sharjah-2 well in steady decline, Dana Gas commissioned a geotechnical study based on production data to review potential intervention options to enhance production.
This work was expanded into a field development plan to assess options for further development, and to determine the gas price required to justify such action.
However, the company now believes that further interventions are unlikely to be justifiable economically, although any final decision on future investments will depend on negotiations for a sales gas price.