December 16, 2016
Shell has started oil production from the Malikai Tension-Leg Platform (TLP), which is located 100km off the coast of Sabah, Malaysia.
Malikai is located in waters up to 500m deep and is the company’s second deepwater project in Malaysia, after the start-up of the Gumusut-Kakap platform in 2014.
Designed and built in Malaysia, the platform is expected to have a peak production of 60,000bpd.
Shell upstream director Andy Brown said: “Malikai marks an important milestone for Shell, its partners, Sabah and Malaysia.
“The project has demonstrated our capability in delivering competitive deep-water projects utilising our global expertise.”
It features a new platform design and a set of risers, or pipes that connect it to the wells for oil production.
Shell operates the Malikai project with 35% interest. Other partners are ConocoPhillips Sabah (35%) and Petronas Carigali (30%).
Shell’s deepwater business currently produces 600,000boe/d, which is expected to increase to more than 900,000boe/d by 2020.
Other Shell-operated projects are Coulomb Phase II and Appomattox in the US Gulf of Mexico.
Malikai’s TLP is a vertically floating structure moored by groups of tethers at each corner and is coupled with a tender assisted drilling (TAD) rig.
It has a fit-for purpose riserless vessel to perform top hole operations.
The Malikai oil field is part of the Block G production sharing contract awarded by Petronas in 1995.
Also: from PETRONAS
Petronas Achieves First Oil Production From Malikai Field
Published on Thursday, 15 December 2016 08:57
KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas today announced that the Malikai field, Malaysia’s first Tension Leg Platform (TLP) for deep-water project, achieved its first oil production on Dec 11.
In a statement today, the national oil company said the field, located 100 kilometres offshore Sabah, was part of the Deep-water Block G area where oil was first discovered in 2004.
“Malikai is the fourth deep-water project successfully implemented in Malaysia after Kikeh, Siakap-North Petai and Gumusut Kakap fields,” it said.
Petronas Vice-President of Malaysia Petroleum Management Muhammad Zamri Jusoh said Malikai’s development was one of the key elements of the Sabah integrated oil and gas project initiated by Petronas.
“Thanks to the support from Shell and partners, ConocoPhilips and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, Petronas was able to pursue the Malikai development as a tieback to the Kebabangan platform for oil processing, prior to further export to the Sabah-Sarawak Integrated Oil and Gas Project.
“We would like to congratulate them on this achievement and for their collaborative efforts in bringing this new resource to the nation.
“Development of these hubs have generated significant value to Petronas and the nation as we strive to exploit more deepwater opportunities in Malaysia, especially in Sabah waters,” he said.
The Malikai’s TLP was designed and fabricated in Malaysia and is capable of handling up to 60,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
The field is operated by Shell (35 per cent), ConocoPhilips Sabah (35 per cent) and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (30 per cent).