The $1bn Dukhan Township development is in a "very advanced stage" with nearly 90% of the work based on a comprehensive masterplan already completed, said Ahmed Saif al-Sulaiti, QPoperations manager (Dukhan Fields).
"Our masterplan has been revised in line with the vision of HH the Emir. The development works will continue for a few more years," al-Sulaiti told Gulf Times.
He said the development works that began in 2002 had resulted in a "total upgrade" of the facilities in the Dukhan Township, owned by Qatar Petroleum . "We now have a world-scale infrastructure in Dukhan. Dukhan now is a model township," al-Sulaiti said.
QP provides infrastructure, services, social, recreational, civic and business facilities for the entire community in the Dukhan Township, concession and the neighboring areas.
There are hundreds of housing units within Dukhan Township with separate ones for married and bachelor staff.
On the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project at Dukhan, he said the studies "were still not complete". The EOR project is meant to boost production at the onshore oilfield.
Dukhan, which is located more than 80km from Doha on Qatar's west coast, gained significance due to the discovery of crude oil. The oil exploration in Dukhan fields began in 1935 and the first well was drilled in 1940. The first shipment of crude oil was exported from Qatar on December 31, 1949. Besides crude oil, Dukhan produces associated gas, condensate and non-associated gas.
The various operations and activities in the Dukhan oil field, which extends over an area of approximately 640sq km, are managed and conducted by Qatar Petroleum . Dukhan oil field has facilities to produce up to 335,000 barrels per day (bpd).