Abu Butabul is a producing unconventional gas field located onshore Oman and is operated by Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production. The field is located in block Block 60 (Abu Butabul).

An expansion project is associated with the Abu Butabul, namely Bisat Development. This project is currently in the commissioning stage, expected to start in 2022.

Field participation details

The field is owned by OQ SAOC.

Production from Abu Butabul

The Abu Butabul unconventional gas field recovered 29.35% of its total recoverable reserves, with peak production in 2021. The peak production was approximately 18.22 thousand bpd of crude oil and condensate and 35 Mmcfd of natural gas. Based on economic assumptions, production will continue until the field reaches its economic limit in 2075. The field currently accounts for approximately 1% of the country’s daily output.

Remaining recoverable reserves

The field is expected to recover 100.86 Mmboe, comprised of 87.96 Mmbbl of crude oil & condensate and 77.41 bcf of natural gas reserves. Abu Butabul unconventional gas field reserves accounts 0.09% of total remaining reserves of producing unconventional gas fields globally.

Contractors involved in the Abu Butabul unconventional gas field

Some of the key contractors involved in the Abu Butabul project as follows.

Main EPC: Schlumberger

EPC Contractors: Special Technical Services

Other Contractors: Special Technical Services

About Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production

Oman Oil Company Exploration & Production LLC (OOCEP) is an upstream oil and gas company. The company’s activities combine the management of investments in non-operated upstream and service/midstream businesses in Oman and and Kazakhstan. It has two operating assets such as Abu Tubul and Musandam Gas Plant. The company’s non-operating assets in Oman and Kazakhstan include Karim, Rima, Mukhaizna, Dunga, and the The Pearl. It operates as a subsidiary of Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C. OOCEP is headquartered in Al Khuwair, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.


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