Qatar Shell GTL has reported the spudding of the first appraisal well in the giant North Field for the five billion dollar integrated gas to liquids (GTL) project.
Qatar Shell GTL, a company of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, will invest in the development of upstream gas and liquids facilities and an onshore GTL plant that will produce 140,000 barrels per day (bpd) of GTL products, primarily naphtha and transport fuels, with a smaller quantity of normal paraffins and lubricant base oils, as well as significant quantities of associated condensate and liquefied petroleum gas.
The appraisal drilling campaign will comprise drilling of two wells in the North Field, according to a press release. The wells will determine the reservoir properties and structure as well as validate the composition of the gas in the area of the North Field provisionally allocated to the project. The wells are being drilled by the Ensco 96 jack-up drilling rig.
The project will be developed in two phases with the first phase operational between 2008 and 2009, producing around 70,000 bpd of GTL products. The second phase will be completed less than two years later. — (menareport.com)
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