The Manifa crude oil development which commenced first-phase operations in 2012, three months ahead of schedule and well under budget, is a testament to the company’s unswerving commitment to both the expansion of our production capacity and our stewardship of the environment in our operations.
Designed to ultimately produce 900,000 bpd of Arabian Heavy crude oil, 90 million scfd of sour gas, and 65,000 bpd of hydrocarbon condensate, the Manifa field is a unique development in many ways.
The project’s innovative engineering design was created to develop the field’s optimum production capacity, while caring for the environment and optimizing its budget – and it did so, so successfully, that the Manifa operation earned a UNESCO environmental responsibility award nomination.
Simultaneously, by employing best-in-class technologies in infrastructure, drilling and production activities, the project consumed more than 80 million man hours without a lost time injury – one of the best safety records in the industry, which qualified the project to receive the “Innovative Oil Project of the Year” award.
Prior to construction, extensive engineering and ecological assessments were conducted to ensure that the marine ecosystem would not be adversely affected by developing the field.
As a direct result of these studies, Saudi Aramco constructed three kilometers of bridges to span the migration paths of various marine species, maintaining natural water flow and preserving natural marine nurseries.
Man-made islands and the main and lateral causeways for the project were constructed to house shallow-water wells, a more cost effective option than offshore rigs.
Manifa consists of 41 kilometers of causeways, three kilometers of bridges, 27 drilling islands, 13 offshore platforms, 15 onshore drill sites, water supply wells, injection facilities, multiple pipelines and a 420-megawatt heat and electricity plant.