Japan’s Inpex said Thursday that production has started at the Nasr Oil Field in offshore Abu Dhabi.
First oil at the field was achieved on January 24.
The Nasr field is located 80 miles northwest of Abu Dhabi City.
The field has an initial production rate of 6,000 barrels per day utilizing existing facilities at the adjacent Abu Al Bukoosh and Umm Shaif oil fields.
Full field development of Nasr is currently in progress and, after completion, the field is expected to produce at a peak rate of 65,000 bpd.
Oil produced from the Nasr field in the first development phase is transported through an existing subsea pipeline to Das Island and supplied to customers in Japan and other Asian countries as Das Crude.
Nasr is operated by ADMA-OPCO, a joint venture between France’s Total, BP, Inpex and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC).
ADNOC holds a 60 percent stake in the field, BP holds a 14.67 percent stake, Total holds a 13.33 percent stake and Inpex holds a 12 percent stake through its wholly owned subsidiary Japan Oil Development.
The Nasr field is part of broader plan by the ADMA-OPCO to add 300,000 bpd of capacity to Abu Dhabi’s total production.