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Undeterred by the ongoing conflict, OMV has restarted production at its Habban field in the Shabwa basin in the center of the country.
Output at the S2 Block restarted in early April after OMV sent a crew to assess its feasibility last month ( MEES, 6 April ). Initial test production is ongoing, the Austrian firm confirms to MEES, adding that it plans to ramp up output to 10-12,000 b/d in the coming weeks. OMV is operator with 44%, Chinese state firm Sinopec has 37.5%, and Yemeni state firms have the remainder.
OMV plans to truck output to facilities operated by state firm YICOM on Block 4 around 50km to the south from where it will be piped 200km to the Bir Ali terminal on the Gulf of Aden for onward tanker shipment to the 150,000 b/d Aden refinery. MEES analysis of satellite photographs indicates that Bir Ali 'port' has five storage tanks of around 200,000 barrels each – it is unclear if all are operational. (CONTINUED - 392 WORDS)