Muscat: Under the auspices of His Highness Sayyid Shihab bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for Defence Affairs, Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) celebrated the inauguration of its Yibal Khuff Mega Project.
The event, which was held at PDO’s Mina Al Fahal headquarters, was attended by several senior government officials, members of the company’s board and executive committee and representatives from both the public and private sectors.
Sayyid Shihab said, “Oil and gas industry remains the main enabler of the national and global economy. Indeed, the production start at PDO’s Yibal Khuff Project is of high strategic value towards meeting Oman's growing medium and long-term oil and gas demands. This national mega and technically complex project involved Omani skilled workforce who worked on the design, construction and commissioning as well as awarding contracts to Omani companies for the provision of goods and services. It certainly sets an example for the implementation of national projects, especially as Oman witnesses further growth and development in all areas under the wise leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik.”
Spanning an area of 1.68km2 within the Yibal cluster area, YKP is the second largest, and most technically complex project in PDO’s history – with COVID-19 adding another layer of complexity over the past two years of construction and commissioning activities. This project will be delivering five million cubic metres of gas per day and around 20,000 bpd of crude, in addition to extracting 235 tonnes of sulfur per day.
In his speech on the occasion, PDO Managing Director Steve Phimister said, “This venture is a world-class addition to our portfolio and was delivered with a remarkable safety record. As we shift to a full-fledged energy company, this trailblazing project will be essential in powering the country, generating revenue for the nation, and funding research and development for renewables and investment in greener energy installations and infrastructure. We are proud of everyone who worked on this project from the Company and our contractors Petrofac, Galfar and Arabian Industries as they demonstrated commitment and perseverance to overcome logistical, technical and operational challenges to deliver on the promise and ensure this project’s safe and timely delivery.”
This project has achieved several significant firsts, including the first to deliver the tallest column ever fabricated for PDO in Oman. This ‘Made in Oman’ acid gas recovery unit absorber stands at 48 metres high, four metres in diameter, and weighs 291 tonnes. It has also delivered one of PDO’s first steam turbine generators, taking the heat from some of the facilities’ processes and using it to generate steam. The plant will be able to generate 13MW of electrical power, supplementing the 45MW of the Yibal Khuff Power plant.
It is also the first project to allocate a scope for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Around 1,200 Omanis have been employed on-site in the construction of the facilities, with a further 200 nationals deployed as fully qualified welders.