First production starts at ADNOC's Belbazem offshore block


ADNOC has announced the start of crude oil production from its Belbazem offshore block, which is operated through a joint venture with China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), called Al Yasat Petroleum.

Located 120 km northwest of Abu Dhabi city, the Belbazem block consists of three offshore fields - Belbazem, Umm Al Salsal and Umm Al Dholou.

Production capacity at the block is set to progressively ramp up to 45,000 barrels per day (bpd) of light crude and 27 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) of associated gas, contributing to ADNOC’s target of reaching 5 million bpd by 2027 and enabling gas self-sufficiency for the UAE.

Al Yasat is pioneering the implementation of AI modelling and analysis tools across its offshore concession area.

The Belbazem block uses WellInsight, an AI tool developed by AIQ, to analyse reservoir data and manage operations for enhanced safety and performance.

The block will also integrate advanced technologies already deployed at Al Yasat’s Bu Haseer offshore field, to optimise production and reservoir management.

The Belbazem block is leveraging operational synergies by utilising the facilities of Satah Al Razboot (SARB), an offshore field operated by ADNOC Offshore, resulting in cost savings and reduced environmental impact.

"ADNOC continues to maximise value from Abu Dhabi’s resources, while reducing our carbon footprint to ensure a secure, reliable, and responsible supply of energy to customers locally and internationally," said Abdulmunim Saif Al Kindy, ADNOC's Upstream Executive Director.

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