Khurais, and Manifa were discovered decades ago. Khurais was initially thought to be another Ghawar, the most productive oilfield ever which is about 60 miles to the east. Viewed on a map, Khurais is similar in size and essentially has the same orientation as Ghawar.
In terms of reservoir quality the Khurais and Ghawar are very different. There was an attempt to develop Khurais [IIRC} in the seventies at the time the results were very disappointing.
The Saudis are trying it again and in doing so employing a lot of infra structure that was not needed at Ghawar for many decades after if was developed.
How successful will they be? It remains to be seen. Manifa has another problem. A lot of vanadium in the oil. My understanding is that the reason it was not developed is that the oil will need to have the vanadium removed before it is can be refined. Not impossible by any stretch, but an indication that the Saudis may not have any better options of any significant size.
posted on 04/25/2008 5:05:05 PM PDT
by R W Reactionairy
("Everyone is entitled to their own opinion ... but not to their own facts" Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
To: R W Reactionairy
orel Khurais, and Manifa were discovered decades ago.
I worked on that field back in 84 and 85. Khurais and the Southern fields of Mazalij, Abu Jifan and Qirdi were mothballed towards the end of 85. Aramaco made a decision to produce oil from the cheaper Northern and Ghawar. I have no idea what happened to a couple projects in the empty quarter that were postponed at the same time. The Aramco production margins are still very cheap compared to elsewhere, however my understanding is that without foreign capital investment further development will be slow.
posted on 04/25/2008 5:59:41 PM PDT
by PA Engineer
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