Aramco awards contract to build drilling islands to sustain target oil capacity


Saudi Gazette

DHAHRAN — Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), in its bid to produce an additional 250,000 barrels per day of Arabian Light crude oil from the Berri Oil Field to reach 500,000 barrels per day to maintain Saudi Aramco’s maximum sustained capacity by early 2023, has awarded a contract to China Harbour Engineering Arabia for the construction of two drilling islands under the company’s Berri Increment Program (BIP).

Saudi Aramco Vice President of Project Management, Fahad Al-Helal and China Harbour Engineering General manager Wu Yuansheng signed the contract Tuesday morning here in Dhahran.

The Program includes the installation of a new Gas Oil Separation Plant (GOSP) in Abu Ali Island and additional gas processing facilities at the Khursaniyah Gas Plant (KGP) to process 40,000 barrels per day of hydrocarbon condensate associated with the Berri Crude Increment. Related pipelines, water injection facilities, onshore drilling sites, drilling islands and offshore facilities are also included.

Under the contract, China Harbour Engineering will construct two drilling islands near shore at the north and south sides of the King Fahd Industrial Port (KFIP) causeway in Jubail to support the Berri field production capacity islands.

The two drill sites referred to as Site A and Site B will have an approximate overall area of 616,553 square meters and 263,855 square meters, respectively.