UAE’s Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC) and its partner Eni, will start the gas production at the recently discovered Mahani Field, in Sharjah Area B.
The announcement from SNOC and Italian multinational oil company comes within only one year of the discovery of gas in the field, which marks the first new onshore discovery in Sharjah since the early 1980s.
Even though the COVID-19 has brought certain challenges like the difficulty of importing raw materials during the lockdown and the laying of a 23,000-metre pipeline in hostile desert conditions during the summer, the well was completed in a record period of eight months.
The well is now connected to the existing pipeline and all set to safely produce gas and liquids for processing at the Sajaa gas processing plant which is owned and operated by SNOC.
Commenting on the achievement, His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, President of SNOC said, “the commencement of the first gas production from Mahani, less than a year after discovery, is a tremendous achievement for Sharjah, meeting our commitment to contribute to the efforts of making reliable gas supplies widely available for the local energy needs of Sharjah and the UAE.”
The Mahani-1 was drilled to a total measured depth of 14,597 feet and tested gas at flow rates of up to 50 million standard cubic feet (MMSCF) per day with associated condensate from the Thamama Formation.
SNOC was enabled to complete the well within a record period with the support of Sharjah infrastructure, Sajaa gas processing complex, the pipeline network, the well-planned project activities and its project management capabilities.
“Bringing on the production of the first onshore discovery in Sharjah in almost four decades marks the beginning of an exciting time for SNOC and for Sharjah’s energy sector. This new production follows just two years after completion of the First Sharjah Licence Round, and we look forward to licensing additional areas of Sharjah in line with the Emirate’s strategic plans in the coming years.”
Both SNOC and Eni hold a 50 percent share in the Mahani field in line with the Area B Concession Agreement signed in 2019 following the successful First Sharjah Licence Round. The two companies are also partners in the onshore Concession Areas A and C, where exploration is actively in progress, with Eni being the Operator.
Established in 2010 by an Amiri decree of Sharjah’s Ruler, SNOC is tasked with exploration, production, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the Emirate’s energy assets. Besides the Mahani field, SNOC owns and operates over 50 wells, a gas processing complex and 2 hydrocarbon liquid storage and export terminals and the Sajaa complex which is the hub of gas pipelines connecting the northern Emirates.