Danish Maersk Oil said that maintenance work at Qatar’s al-Shaheen oil field, the country’s largest offshore oilfield, located 80km off the country’s coast, has pushed back the loading of crude cargoes, Reuters reported.
A spokesperson for the company said: “All customers have been informed. This does not affect our target full year production of around 300,000b/d,” according to Qatar Tribune.
Maersk did not mention when the shutdowns occurred and whether the issues have been resolved. Furthermore, the company did not specify the loading periods affected by the maintenance. But, earlier, traders said that the loading dates for September and October cargoes had been pushed back. They added that the volume of each cargo loading during that period will be trimmed by 5% to 475,000 barrels.
According to a Reuters survey of production by members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Qatar produced about 650,000b/d of crude in August.