Saudi Aramco has awarded a contract to China’s Harbour Engineering Arabia for the construction of two drilling islands in its Berri oilfield, according to an company press release.
The two islands are part of Aramco’s Berri Increment Program (BIP), and will be constructed on the north and south sides of the King Fahd Industrial Port causeway in Jubail off the east coast of Saudi Arabia.
The BIP will allow Aramco to produce an additional 250,000 barrels per day (b/d) of Arabian light crude oil from the Berri oilfield, taking output to 500,000 barrels per day in an effort to maintain Aramco’s maximum capacity by early 2023.
The project is slated to be completed by the middle of 2020.
Also included in the project is a construction of a new gas oil separation plant (GOSP) in Abu Ali Island, as well as additional gas processing facilities at the Khursaniyah Gas Plant to process 40,000 b/d of condensate from the Berri field.
China Harbour Engineering is also expected to construct related pipelines, water injection facilities, onshore drilling sites, drilling islands and offshore facilities.