Oil and Gas - - SPECIAL EDITION -

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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