ADNOC has commissioned the Belbazem block offshore the United Arab Emirates (UAE), marking a significant step in the company’s efforts to increase its oil production capacity.

Located around 120km north-west of Abu Dhabi city, the block comprises the Belbazem, Umm Al Salsal and Umm Al Dholou fields.

Al Yasat Petroleum, a joint venture (JV) between ADNOC and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), is the operator of the Belbazem block.

The block is expected to contribute to the UAE’s target of five million barrels per day (bpd) by 2027 and support the nation’s gas self-sufficiency.

The Belbazem block’s production capacity is set to be increased to 45,000bpd of light crude and 27 million standard cubic feet per day of associated gas.

ADNOC said the offshore block utilises advanced AI and digital technologies, including the AIQ-developed WellInsight AI tool, to assess reservoir data and manage operations to boost safety and performance.

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The block will also integrate advanced technologies, which are deployed at Al Yasat’s Bu Haseer offshore field, to optimise production and enhance reservoir management.

ADNOC upstream executive director Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy said: “The start of crude oil production from the Belbazem offshore block is testament to the success of our strategic partnership with CNPC and the robust bilateral energy relationship between the UAE and China.

“ADNOC continues to maximise value from Abu Dhabi’s resources, while reducing our carbon footprint to ensure a secure, reliable and responsible supply of energy to customers locally and internationally.”

The Belbazem block is capitalising on synergies with nearby fields, particularly by using the facilities of the ADNOC Offshore-operated Satah Al Razboot offshore field.

Last month, ADNOC acquired a 24.9% stake in OMV, an Austrian energy and chemicals group, from Mubadala Investment Company for an undisclosed sum.