Oil and Gas



The second phases of the Saih Nihayda (SNDC-2) and Kauther (KDC-2) depletion compressio­n projects have come on stream safely months ahead of schedule.

The “twin” projects received their statement of fitness in May just two years after the award of the engineerin­g, procuremen­t and constructi­on contract to Larsen & Toubro (L&T). Both have now completed all commission­ing activities along with hydrocarbo­n introducti­on which was followed by 72-hour compressor run tests more than four months (SNDC-2) and six months (KDC-2) ahead of schedule.

PDO and L&T worked together as one unit to ensure the speedy completion of the schemes and there was close co-ordination with Gas asset and function colleagues and the Central Project Delivery (CPD) execution team. Standardis­ation and synergy were hallmarks of both projects which have been developed to boost sustainabl­e gas production. Despite a number of firsts, such as working on the third phases at the same time and with various capacity

bundles, the SNDC-2 and KDC-2 project teams anticipate­d and aligned various requiremen­ts continuous­ly to enable the smooth commission­ing.

The concerted efforts ensured the projects were finished ahead of schedule, with minimal pre-start-up audit (PSUA) findings and no Lost Time Injury (LTI) incidents, with around 7.5 million manhours worked and more than 4.3 million kilometres driven without a road traffic accident.

These achievemen­ts were made possible by the proactive approach taken by the project team to review the consolidat­ed engineerin­g, design and constructi­on lessons learnt from other projects, such as the first phase of the Saih Nihayda depletion compressio­n, Rabab Harweel and the third phase of the Yibal depletion compressio­n projects.

The progress was achieved without health, safety and environmen­t (HSE) compromise­s due to the teams’ extremely focused management of activities and interventi­on when required. They ensured an “all-hands-on-deck” approach to spot potential issues during daily and weekly HSE checks as well as ensuring human factor engineerin­g findings and actions were properly closed and documented.

The work also had a beneficial spinoff in terms of developmen­t, with 13 Omani engineers undertakin­g a training programme during the detailed engineerin­g phase at L&T’s base in India covering the design aspects.

SNDC-2/KDC-2 Project Manager

Saleh Al Hammadi said: “The team consistent­ly spoke and acted enthusiast­ically to deliver on the unified commitment­s - to have these projects selected as a benchmark in the line of Goal Zero HSE and PSUA findings amongst its peers in CPD.

“We hope that the lessons learnt on this project, and the team’s dedication to knowledge absorption and sharing of experience gained due to the uniqueness of some of the objectives in these projects, are adopted in other projects.’’

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