BP develops EOR tech with Adma-Opco

BP has been in partnership with Adma since 1953 and currently has a 14.67 per cent share in the Adma-Opco joint venture. Other shareholders are the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (60 per cent), Total (13.33 per cent) and Japan Oil Development Company (12 per cent).

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Published: Mon 20 Oct 2014, 1:21 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 10:43 PM

Abu Dhabi: Senior officials of Abu Dhabi’s leading offshore company, Adma-Opco, recently visited BP laboratories in the UK and signed an agreement to develop a new technology for enhanced oil recovery, or EOR.

The visit included a tour of BP’s EOR laboratories in Sunbury and Pangbourne, and the Castrol research centre in Pangbourne. The visit to the EOR laboratories in Pangbourne was a first ever for visitors from outside BP. Adma-Opco officials were chief executive officer Ali R. Al Jarwan and Ahmed Al Hendi, senior vice-president for subsurface technology, accompanied by Abdulkarim Almazmi, president and general manager of BP UAE. They met with key BP upstream heads of function for reservoir development and technology Ian Cavanagh and Ahmed Hashmi, and the vice-president for EOR technology John Peak.

The deal for performing a carbonate ionic design EOR study developing a technology similar to the LoSal EOR technology, which BP is deploying at the offshore UK Clair Ridge field but applied to carbonate reservoirs will be a significant step forward. Under the agreement, BP will provide support to Adma-Opco in conducting a single well chemical tracer test and carrying out laboratory tests to evaluate carbonate ionic design EOR potential in Adma-Opco’s fields.

BP has been in partnership with Adma since 1953 and currently has a 14.67 per cent share in the Adma-Opco joint venture. Other shareholders are the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (60 per cent), Total (13.33 per cent) and Japan Oil Development Company (12 per cent).

Production from the Adma concession started in 1963. Around 3,000 employees work on the fields, 60 per cent 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

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 per cent for our fields by the end of the fields’ life.”

Almazmi 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”.

EOR has been identified as a key technology in improving recovery. BP is also leading other key projects on behalf of Adma-Opco including the rebuilding of reservoir models. More than 30 of BP’s technical experts are seconded into Adma-Opco. They play a key role in actively managing the giant fields of Lower Zakum and Umm Shaif, and delivering the new Umm Lulu and Nasr projects.

LoSal is a registered trademark of BP.

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