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The Al-Shaheen 2005 Field Development Plan (FOP) was a true mega project. With investment of USD 6.5 billion and work carried out over five years, the project was executed on time and on budget.
Considered by peers as one the most complex offshore projects in the region, the development entailed the building of 15 new platforms, the construction and installation of over 140,000 tonnes of new facilities, the drilling of more than 160 wells and the laying of 230 kilometres of pipeline and 55 kilometres of subsea cables.
Brownfield developments were mixed with greenfield projects, and hundreds of contractor agreements were signed,including multiple Engineering Procurement Installation and
Construction (EPIC) contracts with contractors fabricating simultaneously in the UK, India, Abu Dhabi, Malaysia and Dubai.
Maersk Oil honed its skills in simultaneous operations producing oil and, in fact, increasing production, while the development work continued around existing platforms.
During the 4 million man hours spent on expanding the existing infrastructure, the work was completed without a single fatality or serious incident. In that time, oil production was increased to 300,000 barrels a day, gas flaring was reduced to a minimum and production uptime was kept at over 99%.
Maersk Oil is currently executing the next step in the field development as specified in the 2012 FDP.