May 16 2012
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Qatar's North Field gas reservoir study to be completed next year: Energy minister
A five-year moratorium on further development of the North Field, originally imposed in 2005, was extended till 2014 in 2009 while the reservoir study continues. "The study will help us to plan for future energy and gas field projects in Qatar," said Dr. Al-Sada, who replaced Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah as minister of industry and energy in 2011.
"We will not begin the second phase of the development of the North Field before we make sure that it will not have any adverse effect on the reservoir," the minister said. Al-Sada, who is also chairman of Qatar Petroleum , said there are no logistical or material constraints to completing the study.
During 2008, production from the QP-operated North Field Alpha was 276 billion scf of gas and 8.7 million barrels of stabilized condensate. Commercial exploration of North Field gas resources started in late 1991 with initial gas production from Phase I (Alpha Project). Average production from this project in 2008 was around 750 million scf per day of gas and 24,000 barrels per day of stabilized condensate.
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