Wintershall has spudded SH-6, the first offshore well of Shuwaihat sour gas and condensate field in Abu Dhabi.
In July 2015, the company conducted the first onshore drilling in the Shuwaihat project with its partner Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) and the Austrian OMV.
After analysing the data from the onshore field SH-5, Wintershall decided to spud the first offshore well SH-6.
Wintershall Middle East general manager Uwe Salge said: “We have successfully completed the first project phase and are now ready to carry on with the planned activities, namely spudding the offshore well SH-6.
“Our technological expertise helps us to carry out drilling activities in challenging geological conditions in accordance with the highest HSE standards.”
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Wintershall took implemented an individualised strategy instead of standard approach for this project. Wintershall has also implemented an extensive safety concept for the offshore well SH-6. Together with ADNOC, it has set-up an extended oil spill response system located close to the shore.
The Shuwaihat field is located at the western region of Abu Dhabi, nearly 25km from Ruwais.
The reservoir evaluation consists of three field appraisal wells and a 3D seismic survey.
The third well, SH 7, will also be drilled offshore.
In June 2012, Wintershall signed an agreement with ADNOC and the Austrian OMV company for technical appraisal of the Shuwaihat sour gas and condensate field.
As an operator, Wintershall claimed that it is employing high HSE standards for safe development and production of sour gasfields.
In 2015, a memorandum of understanding was signed with ADNOC for cooperation on a chemical EOR project.
Wintershall has been active in the Middle East region for several years and has regional office at Abu Dhabi.
Image: Wintershall offshore well in Abu Dhabi. Photo: courtesy of Wintershall.