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Berri Oil Field expansion project will double its crude processing and production

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The Berri Oil Field expansion project, scheduled for completion in late 2023, will double its crude oil production capacity to over 500 000 bpd from the current 250 000 bpd by including a new gas oil separation system (GOSP) at the Abu Ali plant, which will reduce water use by 30%, sourced directly from wells via trunk lines without an intermediate crude oil storage facility.

Sarens has been directly involved in this project on behalf of Snamprogetti Saudi Arabia CO LTD, providing, in addition to its engineering team, a Liebherr LR1750 crane unit with a maximum load capacity of 750 t, as well as 64-axle SPMT (self-propelled modular transport) to carry out various heavy lifting and material transport tasks to its final location.

This work posed a major logistical challenge, as the site on which the work was carried out had very limited space. In addition, the inland transportation of loads of approximately 500 t over a stretch of almost 80 km was another challenge faced, given that the route to be taken included residential areas, sharp bends and low allowable bearing pressure due to the existence of underground structures and channels.

Once the installation of the new GOSP has been completed, stabilised crude oil will be transported to the Juaymah terminal, while sour gas will be transported to the Khursaniyah Gas Plant. In addition, a Water Injection facility, a water-oil separation plant (WOSEP) and an effluent water system supported by PMC, PIB-I and PIB-II are planned. As a result, production is estimated to increase to 526 mbod of crude oil, 129 mmscfd of export gas, 41 mbd of gas condensate and 683 mbwd of produced water.

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