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2017

Jul 2017: Hess (operator, 50%) and Petronas (50%) announced that production has started from the North Malay Basin development Block PM302 in 55m of water after hook-up of the topsides for the central processing platform was completed in the second quarter. Commissioning activities are ongoing. The project is comprised of 9 gas fields.

Jun 2017: JX Nippon has commenced commercial gas production from the Layang field, offshore Sarawak in Block SK10. Gas produced from the Layang and Helang fields will be sent through subsea pipelines to the MLNG Tiga plant in Bintulu.

Jun 2017: Octanex has spudded the Ophir A1 well, the first of 3 production wells to be drilled in the Ophir field which is being developed with a WH platform and FPSO in the North Malay Basin.

Apr 2017: The PFLNG SATU facility has loaded its first cargo at the Kanowit gas field offshore Miri in Sarawak. The floating LNG plant can operate in water depths of 70-200 m and process 1.2 mmtpa.

2016

Dec 2016: Petronas will make a voluntary adjustment to oil production starting from Jan 2017. A reduction of up to 20,000 bbls per day of oil from the 2016 average production is reported (GS notes: natural decline will probably account for most of this reduction).

Dec 2016: Shell (operator, 35%) started oil production from the Malikai TLP 100 kms off the coast of Sabah in a water depth of 565m. Malikai is Shell’s 2nd deep-water project in Malaysia following Gumusut-Kakap in 2014. Peak production of 60,000 bbls per day is planned. Partners in Malikai are ConocoPhillips (35%) and Petronas Carigali (30%).

Nov 2016: Petronas announced that its first floating LNG facility (PFLNG SATU) achieved first gas from the Kanowit gas field, off Sarawak.

Oct 2016: Petronas has produced the commissioning cargo at Train 9 at the LNG complex in Bintulu, Sarawak 42 months after award of the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning contract for the project in 2013. It has a production capacity of 3.6 mtpa and is expected to commence commercial operations in Q1 2017.

Jun 2016: Shell and the Technip-MMHE joint venture (TMJV) have concluded the onshore fabrication and commissioning of the Malikai deepwater platform. The TLP will partially process production from Malikai then deliver it via the Kebabangan (KBB) shallow water platform 50 kms away to the Sabah Oil & Gas Terminal for storage and offloading to tankers.

May 2016: SapuraKencana (operator, 40%), Petronas (30%) and Shell (30%) announced 2 discoveries from its 3-well 2015 drilling within the SK408 PSC area. Jerun-1, 5kms north of the 2014 Bakong gas discovery, has an 800m Miocene carbonate gas column. Jeremin-1, 15kms west of the F9 gas field has a 104m gross gas column. Putat-1, 20 kms north of the Cili Padi gas field, was a dry hole.

May 2016: Petronas (35%) and Petrovietnam (30%) announced the signing of a 10-year extension of the PSC for the PM3 Commercial Arrangement Area (CAA) with Talisman (operator, 35%). The project involves 5 offshore fields (Bunga Orkid, Bunga Kekwa, Bunga Raya, Bunga Tulip and Bunga Saroja) and surrounding acreage in the overlapping zone between Malaysia and Vietnam.

Mar 2016: Lundin Petroleum’s (operator, 65%) Maligan-1 shallow water well off Sabah has encountered significant gas shows. Partners are Dyas (20%) and Petronas Carigali (15%).

Jan 2016: Lundin announced it discovered oil at the Bambazon well in Block SB307/SB308, offshore Sabah. Lundin holds 85% with Petronas Carigali (15%).

2015

Nov 2015: SapuraKencana Energy (SKE) has approval from Petronas for its development plan for the B15 gas field off Sarawak in block SK310.  First gas is due in 4Q 2017 from a central processing platform with a 35 km export pipeline tied into existing infrastructure.

Jul 2015: Vestigo (Petronas) announced oil production at the Tembikai field under the Tembikai-Chenang Cluster RSC, offTerengganu. The field is in a water depth of 70m. This is the fourth RSC in production after Kapal-Banang-Meranti (KBM), Balai and Berantai. Three wells will be drilled to achieve peak production of 2,000 bbls of oil per day.

May 2015: ExxonMobil (operator, 50%) with Petronas Carigali (50%) announced startup of gas production from Telok B, the 2nd phase of the Telok project. The development has 2 platforms; Telok A, which started up in 2013, and Telok B together capable of producing 4.65 bcm of gas per year. Gas is produced via a 25 km pipeline to the Guntong E platform for processing.

Apr 2015: Lundin has achieved first oil from the Bertam field in Block PM307 in the Malay Basin from 4 pre-drilled development wells on a WH platform delivering to an FPSO in 75m of water. Remaining wells will be drilled sequentially with the plateau rate of 15,000 bbls of oil per day expected by late 2015. Lundin is operator (75%) with Petronas Carigali (25%).

Mar 2015: JX Nippon (operator) has discovered oil at the Bestari-1 deep water exploration well in Block R close to the border with Brunei. Partners are Santos, Inpex and Petronas. Block R  is close to other oil discoveries including the Kikeh field, which started producing in 2007. Appraisal wells are planned.

2014

Nov 2014: Shell (operator, 50%) and Petronas Carigali (50%) have taken a final investment decision (FID) to develop the E6 field off Sarawak. Discovered in 1970, the E6 field is the last field to be developed in the SK308 PSC. Gas will be produced into the E8 platform and oil into the D35 platform.  

Nov 2014: Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Co. (KPOC), a JOC of Petronas (40%), Conoco (30%) and Shell (30%), has started gas production from the Kebabangan (KBB) field, part of the KBB Cluster PSC. The platform is a hub with gas, condensate and oil processing to cater for future tie-Ins. Hydrocarbons are piped to the Sabah Terminal in Kimanis.

Oct 2014: Shell has started oil production from the Gumusut-Kakap field off Sabah in 1,200 m of water. The semisub platform is planned to achieve a peak oil output of 135,000 bbls per day. Oil is transported to the onshore terminal at Kimanis via a 200 km pipeline. Partners are Shell (operator, 33%), ConocoPhillips (33%), Petronas Carigali (20%) and Murphy (14%).

Sep 2014: ExxonMobil (50%) and Petronas (50%) announced the start-up of the Tapis  EOR project beginning with water-alternating-gas injection from the recently installed Tapis R central processing platform into wells on the existing Tapis A platform. The water-alternating-gas process will be carried out progressively to cover the entire Tapis field.

Sep 2014: Petronas announced that oil production at the Banang field off the peninsular commenced in July, 3 months ahead of schedule. Banang is the second onstream of the Kapal, Banang and Meranti (KBM) Cluster field development . Facilities include a MOPU and a storage tanker with production reaching 6,000 bbls per day.

Sep 2014: SapuraKencana Energy (SKE) reports that Bakong-1 is a fifth gas discovery in the SK408 PSC off Sarawak in the Central Luconia Gas Province (following Teja-1, Gorek-1, Legundi-1 and Larak-1). All have been suspended. Another 5-well campaign in 2015 will target further gas prospects. SKE is operator (40 %) with Petronas (30%) and Shell (30%).

Aug 2014: Shell has announced a gas discovery at the Marjoram-1 well in Block SK318 in 800m of water. Earlier in 2014, Shell announced the Rosmari-1 gas discovery, also in this block. Shell is operator with 85%, along with Petronas (15%).

Jul 2014: Petronas announced that the Bentara field in the Balai Cluster Risk Service Contract (RSC) off Sarawak achieved  first oil production in May. The field is  operated by BC Petroleum (a joint venture  between Roc Oil, Dialog  and Petronas)and is the second field in the Cluster to begin producing after the Balai field in Nov 2013. The RSC covers 4 fields ; Balai, Bentara, Spaoh and West Acis.

Jun 2014: Ophir Production, a joint venture comprising Octanex (50%), Scomi Energy Services (30%) and Vestigo (20%), signed a 7-year Small Field Risk Service Contract with Petronas to exploit the Ophir field, off Terengganu. The Field Development Plan includes drilling, a production platform and export of oil via a floating storage facility. The development phase will cost US$135 mm with first oil in 2016.

Jun 2014: SapuraKencana announced 4 non-associated gas discoveries in the SK408 PSC off Sarawak in the Central Luconia Gas Province. Teja-1, SE of the Cili Padi field; Gorek-1, SE of F23, Legundi-1, S of F23 and Larak- 1, south of F6, have all been suspended. SapuraKencana is operator with 40%, along with Petronas (30%) and Shell (30%). They are the first wells of a 10-well commitment.

May 2014: JX Nippon (operator, 75%), with Petronas (25%), has been given approval to develop the Layang field in Block SK10 off Sarawak. Layang is 8 kms east of the producing Helang gas field. An FPSO is planned with production of gas and condensate starting in 2016. Gas from Layang and Helang will be  sent by pipeline to the MLNG Tiga  plant in Bintulu with condensate shipped from the FPSO.

Apr 2014: Shell has announced the Rosmari-1 well, located 135 kms offshore in Block SK318 has encountered more than 450m of gas column. Block SK318 is operated by Shell with 85%, along with Petronas (15%).

Mar 2014: Murphy has produced first oil from the deep water Siakap North-Petai field, tied back to the FPSO at Murphy’s Kikeh field. Tie-in work was delayed because of bad weather and project execution delays.

Mar 2014: Roc Oil has received plan approval to develop the Bentara oil field in the 4-field Balai Cluster off Sarawak in a water depth of 65m. It will commence production in 2Q 2014 with initial rates of 2,000 to 3,000 bbls per day from 2 wells. BCP is the operator which is 48% owned by Roc Oil.

Mar 2014: Shell announced a deep water oil discovery off Sabah in the Limbayong-2 well, an appraisal of the Limbayong gas field. The well encountered 136m of oil bearing sands. The operator is  Shell (35 %), along with ConocoPhillips (35%) and Petronas (30%).

Mar 2014: Murphy has announced first oil from the Siakap North-Petai (SNP) field off Sabah in a water depth of 1,311m in Blocks K and G. The development consists of 8 subsea producing wells and 5 water injection wells  tied-back to the Kikeh FPSO. Peak production is expected to reach 35,000 bbls per day. Murphy is operator with 32% with Shell (21%, ConocoPhillips (21%) and Petronas (26%).

Feb 2014: Petronas has approved its second FLNG facility (PFLNG 2), off Sabah. It will be moored at the Rotan gas field in deep water Block H, designed to produce 1.5 mm tonnes a year and scheduled for start-up by early 2018. The first facility (PFLNG 1) will be moored at the Kanowit field, off Sarawak, designed to produce 1.2 mtpa of LNG, ready for start-up by end 2015.

Feb 2014: ExxonMobil, operator (50%), with Petronas (50%) announced the start of gas production at the Damar field in the North Malay Basin. The field will have a capacity of 2 bcm each year from 16 wells on a 4-legged satellite platform tied to a 22 km pipeline to the Lawit A platform. The Damar startup follows the Telok gas development which began production in March 2013.

Jan 2013: Petronas announced first oil from the Kapal, Banang and Meranti (KBM) Cluster fields. Operated by Coastal with partner Petra under a Risk Service Contract (RSC), Kapal has a mobile offshore production unit, storage tanker and drilling rig. Peak output is planned for 13,000 bbls per day. KBM is the third RSC onstream after the Balai Cluster and Berantai field.

2013

Dec 2013: Petronas (25%) has announced that gas has been discovered in the Sintok-1 well in offshore Block SK320, 240kms NW of Bintulu, Sarawak. Mubadala Petroleum, the operator with 75% interest, is carrying out further evaluation to assess the volume. Sintok-1 is the 3rd gas discovery in Block SK320.

Nov 2013: Petronas has announced start-up of oil production from the Balai field in the Balai Cluster Risk Service Contract (RSC) utilising an early production vessel as a part of the extended well testing programme. It is the second RSC that has successfully achieved oil production after the Berantai gas field.

Oct 2013: Lundin has received approval for the US$400 mm Bertam field development. The field is in Block PM307, offshore Peninsular Malaysia. Lundin is operator with 75% along with Petronas (25%). The field will be developed with a 20 slot wellhead platform and an FPSO in a water depth of 76m with 14 horizontal wells completed with Electric Submersible Pumps.

Sep 2013: Petronas expects oil from 14 oil fields to receive EOR to reach up to 1 bn bbls of oil. Five of the fields lie off Sabah and Sarawak, including Baram and St Joseph whilst 9 lie offshore Peninsular Malaysia, including Tapis and Dulang. Tapis is the first to be selected with ExxonMobil working on a US$3.1 bn project. EOR production is planned for 2014.

Aug 2013: ConocoPhillips said the floating production system (FPS) for the Gumusut-Kakap field off Sabah arrived on site. Also development continues at the Siakap North-Petai (SNP) field with a production module and accommodation unit lifted on site. Both projects are planned to startup in late 2013 with the Kebabangan development, off the NW coast of Sabah, starting up in 2014.

May 2013: Petronas reports that the Cendor field is much larger than previously thought, potentially holding 200 mm bbls of recoverable oil. Amerada Hess discovered the field in 2001 at which time it was estimated to hold 12 mm bbls. Production at block PM304, which includes Cendor, will start in stages through 2013, yielding 30,000 bbls per day by the end of the year. Petrofac is now the operator along with Petronas, Kufpec and PetroVietnam.

Feb 2013: Shell (operator), Petronas and ConocoPhillips are to develop the deep water Malikai oil field, off Sabah. The project will start up in 2016. The field, in water depths of around 500m, is in Block G awarded in 1995. The Malikai development will require 17 wells drilled from a TLP production facility. Malikai is Malaysia's third deep water project.

Jan 2013: Petronas, along with Nippon, has made the first onshore oil and gas discovery after 24 years in the Adong Kecil West-1 well in Sarawak. The well, 20 kms away from Miri, has net hydrocarbon thickness of 349m with a flow rate of 440 bbls of oil per day with gas. Only 3 discoveries have been found onshore Sarawak;e Miri, Asam Paya and now Adong Kecil. Miri was discovered in 1910.

2012

Nov 2012: Lundin has completed the Tembakau-1 well in the PM307 Block, off Peninsula Malaysia, as a gas discovery in 67 m of water. Tembakau-1 is 30 kms west of the nearest oil and gas infrastructure. The discovery is the second successful well completed in PM307. Lundin holds 75% in partnership with Petronas Carigali.

Sep 2012: The Gumusut-Kakap field, Malaysia’s 2nd deep water development, achieved first oil via an interim crude evacuation system (ICES). Two wells are tied back to the Kikeh FPSO. Production is expected to reach 25,000 bbls per day. The full development comprises 19 subsea wells tied back to a semi-sub FPS with a pipeline to Kimanis enabling output to reach 120,000 bbls per day. It is operated by Shell with Murphy, ConocoPhilips and Petronas Carigali.

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