Saudi Aramco awarded a contract to China Harbour Engineering Arabia on Tuesday for the construction of two oil drilling islands under the company's Berri Increment Program (BIP).
"The objective of the BIP is to produce an additional 250,000 barrels per day of Arabian Light crude oil from the Berri Oil Field to reach 500,000 barrels per day to maintain Saudi Aramco’s maximum sustained capacity by early 2023," a press release from Saudi Aramco read.
Under the contract, two drilling islands will be constructed near shore at the north and south sides of the King Fahad Industrial Port causeway in Jubail, to support the Berri field production capacity islands.
According to the statement, the BIP includes the installation of a new Gas Oil Separation Plant in Abu Ali Island and additional gas processing facilities at the Khursaniyah Gas Plant to process 40,000 barrels per day of hydrocarbon condensate associated with the Berri Crude Increment. Related pipelines, water injection facilities, onshore drilling sites, drilling islands and offshore facilities are also included.
Expected completion of the project is mid-2020.
Founded in 1980, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC) is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Ltd., one of the Global Fortune 500 companies.
Currently, CHEC has more than 60 overseas branch offices or subsidiaries serving clients in over 80 countries around the world, undertaking $10 billion worth of projects globally, according to the company's website.
By Hale Turkes