ExxonMobil starts output at Malaysian satellite platforms

Nov 12, 2003 01:00 AM

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc (EMEPMI) has commenced oil production from Irong Barat B and Raya B, the last two of five satellite platforms installed under the Satellite Fields Development phase I (SFD I) project in 2001.
"By using a generic minimum facility design which optimises the use of existing facilities, we are able to capitalise on time efficiencies, economies of scale and lessons learned to bring relatively small fields onstream quickly and economically to benefit the nation and to enhance our operations in Malaysia," EMEPMI chairman Rob Fisher said.

The SFD I project represents a technological innovation in EMEPMI's approach to the development of small oil and gas reserves. About 70 mm barrels of oil from six fields will be produced from the five satellite platforms, with peak production expected to total about 40,000 bpd.
The total project development cost is estimated at RM 950 mm, inclusive of drilling costs. The project was implemented on a tight schedule. The platforms were made in Malaysia from start to finish, reflecting the ability of local contractors to design and build world-class oil and gas production facilities.

More than 2.2 mm work hours were expended to design, fabricate and install the five platforms and about 110 km of associated pipelines. Despite the high level of construction activities, the project was safely completed without any lost time incident.
The Raya B and Irong Barat B platforms were installed about 200 km offshore the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia in the South China Sea in August 2001. At the peak, each platform will produce about six thousand bpd of oil. The other platforms developed as part of the SFD I project were Seligi H, Lawang A and Serudon A.

EMEPMI, the operator, is developing the fields on behalf of its joint venture with Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB), a subsidiary of Petroliam Nasional. Under the various production sharing contracts, EMEPMI has a working interest of between 78 % and 80 % in the fields.
Since the development of the SFD I project, EMEPMI has installed three additional facilities under the SFD phase II project in 2002 at Bintang A and B, and Tapis F. Fabrication of two more platforms is due to start soon under the SFD phase III project planned for installation in 2004.

EMEPMI is the largest crude oil producer in Malaysia and supplies two-thirds of Peninsular Malaysia's natural gas needs, producing about 280,000 bpd of oil and 1.3 bn cfpd of gas.

Source: The Star Online
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