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An old gas discovery around Shuwaihat Island, some 150 km SW from Abu Dhabi, was being appraised by OMV as a 50% partner together with Wintershall (50%, operator). This project was OMV´s first Upstream venture in the UAE in June 2012. Both OMV and Wintershall have a proven track record of sour gas field developments and operations in Germany and Austria with more than 40 years of safe production from sour gas fields (H2S and CO2).

The first well of the project (Shuwaihat-5) was drilled in 2015; the second appraisal well (Shuwaihat-6) was spud in November 2016 and included an extended horizontal sidetrack. Production testing was carried out first on the vertical pilot hole and on the sidetrack. The rig moved off location in May 2017. After finalizing the evaluation of the well results, it was concluded that the appraisal phase of Shuweihat was successfully completed. Next steps are to proceed with potential development concepts.