Developing the offshore oil and gas resources on an artificial island is relatively economical compared to a drilling platform, thus it is adopted widely by oil companies. Nevertheless, it still has higher construction, maintenance and development costs than onshore field developments as well as added technical issues. To overcome those challenges, a proper contract, management and technical proposal would benefit artificial islands projects, especially with current low oil price circumstances.
To establish a proper project mode for reservoir development on the artificial islands, this paper describes cases in 3 different aspects: first of all, the principal activities in the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract of Garraf drilling project in Iraq are introduced, including the complete service system, organization structure and human resources, health, safety and environment (HSE) management, cost and risk control, project period, research and technical support. After that, the batch operations in Weiyuan shale gas project in China are presented to demonstrate the production process. Finally, the experience of technical optimization of extended reach drilling (ERD) in Cuba is shared.