First oil from the Al Shaheen field was produced in 1994 from
a well that was drilled during the field’s initial appraisal and
exploration stage. A second Field Development Plan (FDP) was
sanctioned in 1996, and the first permanent offshore facilities
were inagurated at the end of 1998. In 2001, the fields next FDP
included additional production platforms, production and water
injection wells, facilities for gas compression and a gas export
pipeline to QP’s North Field Alpha Platform.
The single largest development plan to date,
the 2005 FDP,
comprised a major expansion of the field infrastructure with 15
new process and wellhead platforms, and more than a 160 new
production and water injection wells, increasing field production
to 300,000 bopd.
In 2012 the most recent development plan was approved.
The FDP2012 comprises an additional 51 new wells and
debottlenecking of existing production facilities. The plan aims to
optimise recovery and maintain a longer-term stable production
plateau from the Al Shaheen field.