Talisman begins production offshore Malaysia/Vietnam

Sep 30, 2003 02:00 AM

Talisman has commenced oil production from the PM-3 Commercial Arrangement Area (CAA) Phase 2 & 3 project offshore Malaysia/Vietnam. Phase 1 oil production commenced in July 1997. The PM-3 CAA project is the largest petroleum development undertaken by a Canadian company in Asia, extracting oil and gas from six different offshore fields located throughout a 1,350 square-km area in the overlapping zone between Malaysia and Vietnam.
"This large, complex project was built on schedule and within budget," said Dr Jim Buckee, President and CEO. "The PM-3 CAA development is a step forward for Talisman and establishes Malaysia/Vietnam as a new core production area for the Company. Production volumes from the project are planned to build-up as the full production system is commissioned and additional development wells are completed. Oil volumes are expected to peak in early 2004."

Talisman Malaysia is the operator for the PM-3 CAA project, which involves development of the West Bunga Kekwa, East BungaKekwa-Cai Nuoc, East Bunga Raya, West Bunga Raya, NW Bunga Raya and Bunga Seroja fields, located in the southeast portion of the block. Design and fabrication of the offshore facilities began about three years ago. Development drilling commenced in October 2002 and to date one-third of the planned 60-well development drilling program has been completed. Development drilling is planned to continue throughout 2004.
Four new wellhead platforms, a central processing platform, compression annex platform, floating storage offloading vessel and inter-field pipelines have been installed. These facilities have a production capacity of 60,000 bpd of oil and 270 mm cfpd of gas. Talisman Malaysia together with Talisman Malaysia (PM3), holds a 41.44 % interest in Block PM-3 CAA.

Petronas Carigali holds a 46.06 % interest and PetroVietnam Investment & Development Company holds a 12.5 % interest. Petronas Carigali is the exploration and production subsidiary of Malaysia's state owned Petronas while PetroVietnam Investment & Development is a subsidiary of PetroVietnam, the national oil company of Vietnam.
A portion of the unitised East Bunga Kekwa-Cai Nuoc field extends onto Vietnam Block 46-Cai Nuoc. Talisman Vietnam is operator and holds a 33.15 % interest in Block 46-Cai Nuoc. Petronas Carigali (Vietnam) holds a 36.85 % interest and PetroVietnam Investment & Development holds a 30 % interest.

Gas sales will be at the wellhead under a long-term contract to Petronas and PetroVietnam. Petronas Carigali was responsible for building a new 24-inch 170 km gas pipeline from PM-3 CAA to the Resak Platform. This pipeline is mechanically complete and gas sales are expected to commence by the end of October 2003. PetroVietnam have confirmed their plan to build an 18-inch 330 km gas pipeline from PM-3 CAA to Ca Mau in southern Vietnam. Engineering design and procurement activities are ongoing for the Ca Mau project and first deliveries of gas to Vietnam are slated for 2005-2006.
Petronas will take the entire sales gas volume until the Ca Mau project is ready to accept gas. The Bunga Orkid/Bunga Pakma gas field complex in the north end of Block PM-3 CAA will be required to meet long-term gas sales commitments and is targeted for development in the 2007 timeframe. A successful exploration well and two successful appraisal wells were drilled in this area during 2003.

Source: Rigzone.com
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