PDO exceeds 2015 oil and gas production target
The average PDO oil production for 2015 was 588,937 bpd, the highest since 2005 and almost 14,000 bpd above the planned target
Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) on Sunday said that it set a new combined oil, gas and condensate production record of 1.29mn barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in 2015.
The company said it was confident of reaching a new sustainable long-term oil production plateau of 600,000 barrels per day (bpd), well ahead of its original 2019 target, to support revenue generation.
PDO also said it is pledging to intensify its cost-control programme to combat the effects of the low oil price environment with an efficiency drive across its operations and has reduced planned expenditure this year by $1.6bn.
The average PDO daily oil production for 2015 was 588,937 bpd, the highest since 2005 and almost 14,000 bpd above the planned target. Gas production was 83mn cubic metres a day, 1mn cubic metres above the planned target as the company stepped up its effort to meet growing national gas demand.
“With the sharp fall in global oil prices dominating our thoughts and deeds, I am pleased to be able to report that PDO still managed to surpass expectations right across the business,” said Raoul Restucci, PDO managing director, commenting on the 2015 performance.
“As the nation’s largest oil and gas producer, our staff are fully aware of the vital role they play in generating the resources and revenue needed to power Oman and their commitment to stay the course and deliver value, despite the worsening economic situation, was truly impressive,” he added.
“The current environment requires us to leave no stone unturned to boost near-term cash-flow and we have reduced 2016 expenditure by $1.6 bn. We’ll continue to work with our contractors to identify further cost reduction opportunities and optimise expenditure in light of the country’s economic challenges.”
PDO added significant reserves and contingent resources, in excess of annual production, in 2015.
There was a substantial oil discovery at Sadad North in southern Oman amounting to 44.5mn barrels of commercial contingent reserves (CCRs), contributing to a total of 109mn barrels of CCRs from new discoveries.
Additionally, there was a 2% rise in Stock Oil Initially In Place (STOIIP) to 67.8bn barrels and a 4% increase in Gas Initially In Place (GIIP) to 78.2tn cubic feet (tcf).
On the gas supply front, the Mabrouk Southwest discovery, yielded 0.38 tcf of commercial contingent reserves.
The field was discovered as a satellite to the Mabrouk field in the Barik and Miqrat reservoirs in the northern part of PDO’s Block 6 concession area.
By the year’s end, the Tayseer gas field discovery in southern Oman further added in place volumes of 0.93 (tcf) of gas and 117mn barrels of condensate.