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ABU DHABI - Part 2 - Profiles Of The Oil & Gas Fields And Their Operators.

Abu Dhabi has the capacity to produce sustainably 2.5 million b/d of crude oil, compared to 2.37m b/d at end-1996 and 1.83m b/d in 1990/91, plus more than 280,000 b/d of condensates. Most of Abu Dhabi's oil and gas fields are being expanded, so that total liquids capacity (excluding LNG & LPG) could reach almost 3m b/d before end-2001. In the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), upstream experts say this capacity will be sustainable for several years, rather than for 12 months.

Six major fields in Abu Dhabi, three onshore and three offshore, account for the bulk of the emirate's oil and gas production and their oil is of high quality. Unlike the bigger GCC neighbours and other OPEC members, Abu Dhabi has foreign partners sharing its burden in funding capacity expansions. They provide the best technology in the industry.

ADNOC, fully owned by the emirate, has expanded its upstream and downstream production capacities under a programme for 1996-2000, with two condensate refineries having come on stream and major petrochemical ventures being built at the industrial zone of Ruwais (see Downstream Trends of this week).

ADNOC may consider proposals to extend its LNG export venture from the current nominal capacity of 5.3 million tons/year to 8m t/y, if this proves feasible. It is to export gas to Dubai by pipeline from later this year, and will import gas from Qatar under the Dolphin programme (see Part 3).
 ABU DHABI SUSTAINABLE OIL PRODUCTION CAPACITY 1990-2001

 1990/1 End-00 End-01 API deg. Sulphur Gravity
 Onshore Operator 000 b/d 000 b/d 000 b/d % Weight

Bab* ADCO 150 330 350 40.6 0.8
Bu Hasa* ADCO 400 510 680 39
Asab* ADCO 280 330 450 40.8 0.75
Shah* ADCO 15 30 62 39 0.7
Sahil* ADCO 15 55 70 39.7 0.7
Jarn Yaphour ADCO -- 10 10 39 0.8
3 New Fields* ADCO -- 10 50 n.a. n.a
Total ADCO 860 1,275 1,672

Offshore
Umm Shaif ADMA/OPCO 250 265 280 37 1
Lower Zakum ADMA/OPCO 270 300 330 39 1
Total ADMA/OPCO 520 565 610
Upper Zakum ZADCO 330 540 600 35 1.8
Umm Al Dalkh UDECO 20 25 25 32.5 1.6
Satah UDECO 15 20 20 39.8 1
Abu Bukhoosh TotalElf 40 50 50 32 1.8
Arzanah ZADCO 20 20 20 44 0.8
Mubarraz ADOC 20 20 20 37 1.6
Umm Al Anbar MOCO 5 10 10 36-37 1+
Grand Total 1,830 2,500 3,007


* Bab, Bu Hasa, Asab, Shah and Sahil form ADCO's Murban system. The Murban blend of export crude is 40.4o API with 0.8% sulphur. The three new fields developed by ADCO are Zubbaya, Rumaitha and Shanayel. Originally, in 1991, ADCO planned to develop these fields on a larger scale so that their combined capacity would reach 150,000 b/d by 2000. Their development was scaled down because of quota limitations, but if ADNOC raises ADCO's production allowable the company would expand their capacity to that level.
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