Aramco awards China Harbour with drilling islands mission

Project will double Berri oilfield production to 500,000 bpd

As part of its Berri Increment Program (BIP), Saudi Aramco has awarded a contract to China Harbour Engineering Arabia that will see the firm deliver two drilling islands. Known as Site A and Site B, the islands will have an approximate overall area of 616,553sqm and 263,855sqm respectively.

Aramco’s BIP aims to increase the production of Arabian Light Crude oil by 250,000bpd (barrels per day) to a total of 500,000bpd,to sustain the company’s maximum sustained capacity by early 2023.

As per the terms of the contract, two drilling islands will be built at the north and south sides of the King Fahad Industrial Port (KFIP) causeway in Jubail, to support the Berri field production capacity islands.

A ceremony was held in Dhahran, which saw the contract signed bySaudi Aramco’s vice president of Project Management, Fahad Al-Helal and China Harbour Engineering’s general manager, Wu Yuansheng.

The BIP will also see the installation of a new Gas Oil Separation Plant (GOSP) in Abu Ali Island as well as gas processing facilities at the Khursaniyah Gas Plant (KGP). The goal will be to process 40,000bpd of hydrocarbon condensate in line with the Berri Crude Increment. Supporting infrastructure such as pipelines, water injection facilities, onshore drilling sites, drilling islands and offshore facilities are also part of the contract, Aramco said.


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