Saudi Aramco starts Arabian Heavy crude production in Manifa field; 500k bpd by July 2013, 900k bpd by 2014
Saudi Aramco announced the first phase production start-up at the Manifa field in the Persian Gulf, 3 months ahead of schedule and well under the program’s approved budget. The Manifa field’s production capacity is expected to reach 500,000 bpd by July 2013, and is planned to reach its full design capacity of 900,000 bpd of Arabian Heavy crude oil by the end of 2014, while Saudi Aramco’s maximum sustained capacity will be maintained at the level preceding Manifa production.
The Manifa field includes dry-land rigs linked by a total of 41 kilometers of causeways with a number of elevated bridges designed to maintain natural water flow in the Manifa Bay and preserving natural marine nurseries. Four pipelines will connect Manifa to KGP and Ras az-Zour for gas processing and raw power production.
Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company (YASREF) Limited, a joint venture with Chinese Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), will be able to process up to 400,000 bpd of the Arab Heavy crude oil from Manifa.