BP has built a city in the sand. What are the salient features of the Khazzan project?
The amazing thing about Khazzan is its scale and the fact that four years ago there was nothing there but sand! The
large Central Processing Facility (CPF) has been built on a massive scale and is a world class asset. It has state-of-the-art technology to help us operate safely and efficiently. We will also drill and connect over 200 wells during the life of the field for Phase 1 and the wells too will deploy the latest technology. Usually, infrastructure often gets overlooked, but here too we spent a lot of time and have focussed on this to ensure that we have excellent roads, accommodation, offices and facilities like warehouses, workshops, emergency medical centres and utility plants to support Khazzan and the people that live and work there.
The workforce is also a very special and salient feature of our operations and it gives me pride to share that we have a
very dedicated, proud and hardworking multi-cultural team, ensuring that development and training opportunities
are maximised. I am extremely proud of the team in Khazzan.
Can you please talk about Khazzan’s operations and major milestones since the launch of the project?
The operations team had people seconded full time to the project from the design phase to ensure that operational
aspects were covered in the design and construction phases. The largest milestones for the operations team were
as follows – Recruiting and training around 90 Omani designate technicians four years ago; safely bringing back-
gas into the facility in June 2017 to start dynamic commissioning while construction activities were ongoing
– the first time hydrocarbons were introduced into the facility and then safely achieving first gas on September
22, 2017 – a huge milestone for the entire team. We then safely started up the second gas train on November 15, 2017
and both of these were achieved ahead of schedule and done safely.
What are the main challenges that
you face at Khazzan?
Ensuring that we operate the plant and facilities safely and efficiently and having a big focus day in day out on
process safety are priority areas for us.
Can you please share the total number of wells along with the
Today, we have 35 wells connected and producing. Over the life of the project for Phase 1 we will drill and hook up 200 wells. The plant capacity in Phase 1 is 1.05bcf/d of gas.
What is the total strength of the workforce at Khazzan?
This is difficult to answer as we have contractors working with our wells and projects team and these will fluctuate,
especially as work on Phase 2 starts. In operations we have 350 people in the field and office, working in rotation,
but this number will reduce once the training and development is completed. Once work on Phase 2 starts, the number of people employed will increase again.
According to you, how is Khazzan going to help maximize the value of Oman’s natural resources and
contribute to Oman’s economic development?
In my opinion, as Khazzan is tight gas and difficult to extract, BP has used its experience and expertise from other
tight gas fields to allow the gas to flow from Khazzan ahead of schedule. This unlocks huge value and also creates jobs, development and opportunities in Oman. The oil and gas industry is not a labour intensive industry but gas can be used in downstream businesses that in turn will create jobs and multiple opportunities in my opinion.