Baker Hughes, a GE company joined forces with the Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) to open its first artificial lift systems assembly and repair facility in Oman to support PDO’s operations and other customers in the region, with the aim of optimizing production, saving costs and enhancing oil production.
Complementing PDO’s ‘In-Country Value’ strategy, the center, located in Nizwa, Oman, is one of the largest investments by BHGE in the country. It specializes in the assembly and repair of electric submersible pumps (ESPs) components, including motors, seals, intakes, gas separators and pumps, and has competencies for testing all types and ranges of pumps and motors to ensure quality control.
Established in an area of over 8,500 square meters, the complex has over 1,670 square meters allocated for workshops. Underlining BHGE’s commitment to grow its local footprint and supply chain, the facility achieves near 100 percent Omanization. A team of nine Omani Assembly Maintenance Operations technicians, who were trained at BHGE’s center in Jebel Ali in the UAE, are leading the operations of the facility.
In addition to supporting existing projects with PDO, the new facility can also support other customers in the country and region, underscoring the added value it brings to the oil and gas supply chain in Oman.
Abdul-Amir Abdul-Hussein Al Ajmi, External Affairs and Value Creation Director at PDO, said: “The facility further reinforces our localization efforts to support our In-Country Value strategy which aims to create more job, training and learning opportunities for Omanis and enhance domestic supply chains. The facility will provide efficiencies to PDO as well as minimize any delays in equipment delivery and installation, while optimizing the full ESP value chain. We are pleased to work with BHGE as a partner with proven expertise in country.”
The opening of the facility, under the auspices of His Excellency Salim bin Nasser Al Aufi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Oil and Gas, marks the completion of another of the opportunities outlined in the Ministry of Oil and Gas ICV strategic blueprint which was unveiled in 2013. PDO is leading on 38 out of the 53 originally unveiled to Oman’s oil and gas industry.
Ayman Khattab, CEO South Gulf and East Africa at BHGE, said: “The inauguration of our first artificial lift assembling and repair facility in Oman reflects our long-term commitment to the country and to strengthen our local footprint through in-country investments. With our artificial lift systems recording strong market share in the country, the new facility enables us to be closer to our partners and to serve them more efficiently. We are particularly delighted that the facility opens with nearly 100 percent Omanization, highlighting our commitment to local talent development.”
“In Oman, BHGE is striving to present innovative solutions backed by efficient service standards, which help enhance production and optimize costs. This is underlined by BHGE’s strong enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technologies and the artificial lift solutions ranging from ESPs to gas lift systems and others already deployed in country. The facility is capable of carrying out full investigations on pulled pumps and redesign to enhance and increase their run life.”
BHGE has a long history of operations in Oman, having established its first ESP at a PDO field in the 1980s as well as mobilized its first wireline logging unit. BHGE commenced drilling horizontal wells for PDO in 1990 and in eight years completed the drilling of its 1,000th horizontal well in the country. The company’s goal is to assemble all ESP components locally and to support its customers to achieve higher levels of efficiency and productivity.
In addition to ESP systems, the BHGE artificial lift portfolio includes rod lift systems, progressing cavity pumping systems, gas lift systems, and horizontal surface pumping systems.