Oil giant BP has signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi’s offshore company ADMA-OPCO to develop a new technology for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR).
Senior officials from the company recently visited BP’s EOR laboratory in Sunbury and research centre in Pangbourne.
The new agreement is for a carbonate iconic design EOR study, helping to develop a technology similar to the Losal EOR technology, which BP is deploying at the Clair Ridge field.
BP said when applied to carbonate reservoirs the technology will be a “significant” step forward.
The company will provide support to ADMA-OPCO in conducting a Single Well Chemical Tracer Test (SWCTT) and carry out laboratory tests to evaluate carbonate iconic design EOR potential in their fields.
BP UAE president, Abdulkarim Al Mazmi, said: “This partnership demonstrates BP’s commitment to Abu Dhabi and to ADMA-OPCO, and our interest to share our global expertise and technology with our partners for the long term and continue to play a key role in Abu Dhabi’s oil industry for many years to come in support of Abu Dhabi’s 2030 vision”.
BP has been in partnership with ADMA since 1953 and currently has a 14.67% share in the ADMA-OPCO JV.
Production from the ADMA concession started in 1963 and around 3,000 employees work on the fields, 60% of them Emirati nationals.
The ADMA concession covers four shallow water offshore oilfields with a series of stacked carbonate reservoirs in each of the fields, Lower Zakum, Umm Shaif, Umm Lulu, and Nasr.
ADMA-OPCO chief executive officer, Ali R. Al-Jarwan, said: “We are pleased to partner with our Shareholder, BP, in this important programme.
“EOR technologies will play a key role to meet the energy demand in Abu Dhabi in the years to come and we, at ADMA-OPCO, have an aspiration to reach a recovery factor of 70% for our fields by the end of the fields’ life.”
By Niamh Burns