Field/project development

Three Finalists Named for IPTC Project Integration Award

Projects from the North Sea, Australia, and Saudi Arabia are in the running.

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Total's Culzean project platform in the North Sea.

A trio of finalists is in contention for the 2021 International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC) Excellence in Project Integration Award highlighting projects with budgets of at least $500 million that have demonstrated distinction throughout the entire exploration and production value chain.

The IPTC Excellence in Project Integration Award is given to a project that adds value to the industry and exemplified strong teamwork, solid geoscience knowledge, reservoir and production engineering acumen, determined and watchful construction, and outstanding facilities engineering practices.

The three nominees are Total’s Culzean development in the UK North Sea, the INPEX-led Ichthys LNG project in Australia, and Saudi Aramco’s Khurais Arab Light Increment in Saudi Arabia.

Located in the harsh environment of the UK North Sea, the Culzean development taps complex reservoirs via ultrahigh-pressure/high-temperature wells. The project included a newbuild drill rig, a three-platform processing complex, a newbuild FSO and over 60 km of large-bore gas export pipeline, and was delivered safely, ahead of schedule as well as under budget.

Ichthys is ranked among the most significant oil and gas projects in the world. A joint venture between INPEX group companies (the operator), major partner Total, and the Australian subsidiaries of CPC Corporation Taiwan, Tokyo Gas, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric Power, JERA and Toho Gas, Ichthys LNG is expected to produce 8.9 mtpa of LNG and 1.65 mtpa of LPG, along with more than 100,000 bbl of condensate per day at peak.

It is one of the few energy projects worldwide to incorporate the whole chain of development and production: subsea, offshore, pipeline, and onshore.

The Khurais Arab Light Increment program features increasing oil production from the existing Khurais, Abu Jiffan, and Mazalij fields and thereby boosting the production capacity of the Khurais central processing facility from 1.2 million B/D to 1.5 million B/D. This was achieved by constructing a 300,000 B/D oil processing facility together with the construction of a satellite gas oil separation plant at Mazalij and Abu Jiffan to separate the additional crude, gas, and water streams, and recover 200,000 B/D together with additional production and water-injection wells. The program also incorporates major environmental, energy, and reliability enhancement scope items.

The finalists will present the details of their projects and answer questions during a special webcast on 17 March, and the winner will be announced during the 2021 IPTC Opening Ceremony scheduled on 23 March.

To visit the 2021 IPTC website and learn more about the agenda, click here.