Saudi Arabia’s Manifa oilfield starts production

oilfield manifa-lindseygee flickrThe project also includes a 420MW heat and electricity plant. (Image source: Lindsey Gee/Flickr)Saudi Aramco has announced that oil production at the Manifa field in Saudi Arabia has begun, three months ahead of schedule

Production capacity on the Manifa field is expected to reach 500,000 bpd by July 2013, and plans to reach its full design capacity of 900,000 bpd of Arabian Heavy crude oil by the end of 2014.

In October 2012, HE Ali Al-Naimi, the Saudi Arabian minister of petroleum and mineral resources, inaugurated a reservoir water injection along the perimeter of the field.

The Manifa field includes dry-land rigs linked by a 41km of causeways with a number of elevated bridges that are designed to maintain natural water flow in the Manifa Bay.

The project also includes a 420MW heat and electricity plant.

Khalid Al-Falih, CEO of Saudi Aramco, said, “The Manifa story will be a very bright and shining example in our corporate history. It opens a new page in terms of overcoming various hurdles and complexities most notably through human and technological innovation.”

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