In addition to Adma, two smaller offshore concessions also expired on 8 March, the 10,000 b/d Abu al-Bukhoosh (ABK: Total 75%, Inpex 25%) and 7,000 b/d Bunduq concession operated by Japan’s United Petroleum Development (UPD: Cosmo 45%, JX Nippon 45%, and Mitsui 10%). Output from both is blended with output from the legacy-Adma fields to produce Das Blend.
Inpex confirmed to MEES that they have walked away from ABK after the concession expired. They had been present since 1972. Total declined to confirm whether they have exited or signed up to new terms. Although output was small, Total’s UAE President Hatem Nuseibeh told MEES in 2016 that the field was a useful testing ground for EOR techniques before rolling them out at Abu Dhabi’s other fields (MEES, 29 April 2016). The field is more important for gas, with output of around 500mn cfd (MEES, 11 November 2016). (CONTINUED - 329 WORDS)