U.S. oil company Hess has informed that production has kicked off from its North Malay Basin development, offshore Malaysia.
According to Hess, hook-up of the topsides for the central processing platform was completed in the second quarter and first production of natural gas started in mid-July with commissioning activities ongoing.
The field is expected to ramp up net production to approximately 165 million cubic feet per day during the third quarter.
The North Malay Basin is a natural gas asset comprised of nine discovered natural gas fields with an estimated gross recoverable resource of more than 1.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and more than 20 million barrels of condensate.
The North Malay Basin Block PM302 is located approximately 186 miles (300 km) offshore the Trengganu Gas Terminal in the Gulf of Thailand, with a water depth of approximately 180 feet (55 m) and multiple gas bearing zones located at depths of 3,500 – 10,000 feet (1,000 – 3,000 m).
Hess is the operator of the development with a 50-percent working interest. Petronas Carigali, also Hess’ partner in the adjacent Block A-18 located in the Malaysia–Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA), owns the remaining 50-percent working interest.
Offshore Energy Today Staff