21 October 2015

Petronas’ Tembikai Chenang cluster achieves first oil

KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) announced the Tembikai field under the Tembikai-Chenang Cluster small field Risk Service Contract (RSC) recently achieved its first oil, it said in a statement on Tuesday. The field is located offshore Peninsular Malaysia in a water depth of about 70 metres. It is being developed and operated by Vestigo Petroleum Sdn Bhd, a unit of Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd. 

Petronas said this achievement from Tembikai-Chenang Cluster marked the fourth RSC which had successfully achieved first production after the Kapal-Banang-Meranti (KBM) Cluster, Balai Cluster and Berantai RSCs.

Petronas vice president of Malaysia petroleum management, Muhammad Zamri Jusoh said Tembikai is the first small field RSC that has been successfully executed by a unit of Petronas Carigali.

“This achievement marks another significant milestone for Petronas in its journey to monetize and add value to small and stranded oil fields despite the challenges currently faced by the industry,” he said.

The Tembikai Oil project includes the installation of a central processing platform connected to a floating storage and offloading (FSO) vessel via a flexible subsea pipeline. 

Currently, Tembikai’s production is only from one well and two more production wells are currently being drilled. Upon completion, the three wells are expected to achieve peak production of about 2,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd).

Apart from Tembikai, Petronas has five other RSCs – Berantai, Balai Cluster, KBM Cluster, Tanjong Baram and Ophir. Berantai and KBM are in production whilst Ophir, the latest RSC awarded, is in its early stage of development. – The Star