Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) began to produce oil on March 3, 2004, from the Zalzala field in the Harweel cluster.
Zalzala is PDO's first multi-well that has come on stream in the last four years. The field is producing oil and gas from a depth of some five kilometers, making it PDO’s deepest producing oil field. Since the field’s reservoir rock is more than half a billion years old, Zalzala oil could be considered to be amongst the oldest crude oils on earth.
The Harweel cluster is located in the south of Oman, about 80 kilometers southwest of Marmul. The cluster’s initial development, which is based on conventional recovery techniques, involves sending the well fluids through a single 12-inch-diameter pipeline to the Birba production station approximately 70 kilometers away.
Production from Harweel will increase gradually over the first half of the year as three more oil fields in the cluster are brought on stream. By the end of the year, production is expected to reach an average of 18,000 barrels of oil and 30 million cubic feet of gas per day. — (menareport.com)
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