Wednesday, 05 March 2014 14:05
Written by AOG Staff
ConocoPhillips has updated development plans for the Kebabangan project in the South China Sea, off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia. The consortium expects to complete phase one drilling of five wells by May.
KPOC began drilling with the deepsea drillship CHIKYU in mid-2013, through a US$32 million contract with Petronnic Sdn. Bhd.
The Kebabangan gas field was discovered by Shell in 1994, and further delineated by an appraisal well drilled in 2002. The well penetrated gas columns in number of reservoir intervals. The field is estimated to contain about 2 Tcf of natural gas.
The Kebabangan cluster asset comprises four non-associated gas fields: Kebabangan (KBB), Kamunsu East (KME), Kamunsu East Upthrown (KMEU), and Kamunsu East Upthrown Canyon (KMEUC), located in water depths ranging from 120m to 1200m, about 125 km off the Sabah coast.
PETRONAS entered into a production sharing contract (PSC) with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (40%), Shell Energy Asia Ltd. (30%) and ConocoPhillips Sabah Gas Ltd. (30%) on 31 December 2007 for developing the Kebabangan cluster assets.
A joint operating company, Kebabangan Petroleum Operating Co. Sdn Bhd (KPOC), was incorporated on 6 November 2007 to operate the venture with equity split of 40:30:30 among PETRONAS Carigali, Shell, and ConocoPhillips, respectively.
Located in sites all over Malaysia, including fabrication yards and several engineering offices, personnel from the three companies pool their various subject-matter experts to create a strong, effective organization. There are currently 32 ConocoPhillips’ employees seconded to KPOC.
The KBB Project has completed the detailed design phase and is currently executing phase-1 drilling. Phase-1 drilling includes the construction of five gas wells, drilled and completed through a jacket-mounted support frame and substructure prior to topside installation. Phase one drilling is expected to complete May 2014.
In May 2010, KPOC gave a 4-year contract to Aker Solutions to provide detailed design and engineering support through the start up phase of the project. The KBB facility includes a single integrated drilling, oil and gas production, utilities and quarters (PDUQ) topsides mounted on a fixed 8-leg jacket in 142m of water. The topsides weight is estimated to be 17,000 tonne. The jacket weight is about 14,000 tonne.
ConocoPhillips said the KBB platform is specially designed for withstanding earthquakes and high tides. Topsides float over will be conducted by mid-2014 followed by hook up and commissioning with first gas targeted for November 2014. A phase 2 drilling campaign of additional gas wells and one oil well is planned for 2016.
The KME discovery was successfully appraised in 2013 with AFS planned in 2014.
The new KBB Operations Office is in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.