Upstream & Operations

Inspiring the Future

AGOC aim to maximize profits and lasting value for our shareholders with no compromise on Quality, Health, safety and Environment.

This also supports progress towards achieving a maximum sustainable capacity of 350 MBD from both Khafji and Ratawi reservoirs. In order to accomplish our targets, various measures have been taken that includes the upgradation and construction of infrastructure and adoption of new upstream technology for both onshore and offshore facilities.

Al-Khafji Joint Operations (KJO) is an oil and gas producing company which has been in operation since 1960. KJO is working under the umbrella of two shareholders including Aramco Gulf Operations Company (AGOC) and Kuwait Gulf Oil Company (KGOC). KJO operates oil reservoirs located in offshore Arabian Gulf, 40km off the coast of Al-Khafji.

KJO produces two types of crude oil including Khafji and Hout crudes. Khafji crude is sweet whereas Hout crude is sour in nature.

Khafji Crude

Khafji crude facilities can be broadly split into two main areas, offshore and onshore facilities. The offshore facilities comprised of well jackets, Integrated Well Jackets, Flow Stations and Central Gathering Platform. The crude oil, produced water and gas is collected from offshore platforms through multiple gathering lines and commingled at Flow Station gas collection hub for onward free flow transmission through subsea pipelines to onshore facilities for further processing.

The onshore reception facilities receive crude oil, produced water and gas. After liquid and gas separation, the liquid (crude oil & produced water) is routed to Desalter for the removal of salts and produced water from crude oil. Finally crude oil is transferred to storage tanks for export to marketing through shipments. The separated produced water is routed to the water Treatment Facilities. The separated oil from Water treatment facilities is recycled back to the process whilst treated produced water is sent back to offshore for water injection into the reservoir to enhance crude oil recovery.

Khafji Gas

As far as gas processing is concerned, the offshore gas is arrived to Slug Catcher. The onshore gas separated through two phase separators is mixed with gas from Slug Catcher and is routed to the gas plant. The processing facilities mainly include Compression, Water Dehydration and Liquids Recovery by refrigeration. The Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) is produced from the bottom of De-Ethanizer which is exported to the Shareholders through their dedicated Export Facilities. The dry gas from overhead of De-Ethanizer is supplied to KJO internal fuel gas network including power plant, water desalination plant and Hot Oil Furnaces and bulk amount of gas is supplied to the gas lift compression for offshore distribution to gas lift wells to enhance oil recovery. The surplus lean gas is exported to the Shareholder’s export facilities after equal splitting and fiscal metering at KJO export facilities.

Hout Crude

Hout sour crude facilities also involves both offshore and onshore facilities. The offshore facilities comprised of well jackets, Integrated Well Jackets and Central Gathering Platform (CGP). The mixture of crude oil, produced water and sour gas is pumped from (CGP) to onshore facilities. The onshore reception facilities receive crude oil, produced water and gas. After liquid and gas separation, the liquid (crude oil & produced water) is routed to Desalter for the removal of salts and produced water from crude oil. Also, H2S from crude oil is stripped out through stripper. After stripping crude oil is transferred to storage tanks for export to marketing through shipments. The separated produced water is routed to the water Treatment Facilities. The separated oil from Water treatment facilities is recycled back to the process whilst treated produced water is sent back to offshore for water injection into the reservoir to enhance crude oil recovery.

Hout Gas

The sour gas is received in Slug Catcher at Onshore through a dedicated subsea pipeline. The rich gas is compressed and dehydrated through Hout Gas Processing Facilities which is finally exported to the Shareholder’s export facilities after equal splitting and fiscal metering at KJO export facilities.

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Aramco Gulf Operations Company is incorporated as 100% subsidiary of the Kingdom’s national oil company Saudi Aramco and operates as an independent entity with its own Board of Directors, responsible to Saudi Aramco as shareholder.