The Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC) and its partner Eni, have announced the start of gas production from the Mahani Field, in Sharjah Area B.
The site marks the first new onshore discovery in the emirate for 37 years.
The Mahani-1 gas well was completed in a record eight months despite challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These included the difficulty of importing raw materials during the lockdown and laying a 23,000-metre pipeline in the desert summer.
It is now connected to the existing pipeline to safely produce gas and liquids for processing at the Sajaa plant, owned and operated by SNOC.
Mahani-1 was drilled to a total measured depth of 14,597 feet and tested gas at flow rates of up to 50 MMSCF per day with associated condensate from the Thamama Formation.
His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, President of SNOC, said, "The commencement of the first gas production from Mahani, less than a year after discovery, is a tremendous achievement for Sharjah, meeting our commitment to contribute to the efforts of making reliable gas supplies widely available for the local energy needs of Sharjah and the UAE."
The related field development plan provided for the required surface facilities as well as extended well testing as part of a long-term programme to further evaluate the size and potential of the field.
In addition to starting production from Mahani, the planned work programme will include further drilling in order to determine the extent of the structure.
SNOC was established in 2010 by an Amiri decree of Sharjah’s Ruler and is tasked with exploration, production, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the Emirate’s energy assets.
The Corporation owns and operates over 50 wells, a gas processing complex and 2 hydrocarbon liquid storage and export terminals. Its Sajaa complex is the hub of gas pipelines connecting the northern Emirates.