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10/9/13

Malaysia Field Development Sector Keeps Busy

Malaysia Field Development Sector Keeps Busy


By Steve Hamlen, Special to Hart Energy July 26, 2013 State-owned Petronas is backing activity with a new unit that targets marginal and mature fields. A number of new field development projects are pushing ahead offshore Malaysia, with some tenders reaching the vital bidding stages. All of this activity is backed by state-owned player Petronas setting up a new unit solely to tackle the countrys growing number of marginal and mature field development opportunities. Recent contact awards A joint venture between Frances Technip and Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering (MMHE) has awarded its own subsidiary, Technip MHB Hull Engineering (TMH), a contract on the tension-leg platform (TLP) being built for Shells Malikai deepwater development project in Block G offshore Sabah, East Malaysia. Under the deal, TMH will design a 12,000 metric tonne hull and mooring for the platform. The hull will be built at MMHEs Pasir Gudang yard in Johor, Malaysia, and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2015. TMH is currently carrying out a series of wave basin tests to analyze the behavior of the TLP. Shell and its partners made a final investment decision on the Malikai project earlier this year, which will see 17 wells drilled from the TLP. JDA gas plans SapuraKencana has won a US $180.7 million contract from Trans Thailand Malaysia (TTM) for new export infrastructure to transport gas from the Malaysia-Thailand joint development area (JDA) to Peninsular Malaysia. SapuraKencana faced competition from Japans Nippon Steel and an alliance between McDermott and TH Heavy Engineering. The engineering, procurement, construction, installation, and commissioning (EPCIC) contract covers a new riser platform and around 70 km (43 miles) of pipelines, with work under the three-year deal due to start immediately and set for completion in 1Q 2016. The platform will be built at SapuraKencanas Lumut yard in Malaysia, with offshore installation scheduled to start in the second half of 2014. Malaysias state-owned Petronas is planning direct export of 300 MMcf/d (8.5 MMcm/d) of gas from the JDA: 180 MMcf/d (5.1 MMcm/d) from the Muda field and 120 MMcf/d (3.4 MMcm/d) from the Cakerawala field. Akers Sarawak success Norways Aker Solutions has won a $15 million contract from US player Murphy Oil to deliver as many as 24 sets of splitter wellhead systems to projects offshore Sarawak, Malaysia.
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Malaysia Field Development Sector Keeps Busy

The deal includes deliveries of ancillary equipment and services over three years and has a one-year extension option. Surface wellheads are used on land-based and shallow water platforms for drilling and production equipment. Murphy will use the equipment in Block SK 309/311 offshore Sarawak. This is the first major surface wellhead contract for Aker Solutions in Malaysia, said Dave Hutchinson, head of Aker's subsea operations in Asia. Most of the equipment will be produced at Akers dedicated surface wellhead manufacturing facility in Batam in Indonesia, while Akers Port Klang facility in Malaysia will produce the Shear-Safe surface gate valve actuators. New Petronas unit Petronas has set up a new wholly owned subsidiary, Vestigo Petroleum, to focus on developing small, marginal and mature fields in Malaysia, as well as abroad. Vestigo aims to optimize production from clusters of small, marginal, and mature fields through operational, technical, and cost effective methods, while its parent Petronas Carigali continues to explore and develop larger and more technically complex fields, said Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib, president of Petronas Carigali. Vestigo will enable Petronas to pursue additional growth areas such as small, marginal and mature fields through strategic partnerships with other industry players. Ongoing bidding contest Petronas is also close to launching a FEED tender battle for the $1.5 billion multiplatform Sepat gas processing project offshore Peninsular Malaysia. In May, Petronas started the pre-qualification process for international oil field service players and will use this as a basis to create a shortlist of at least three contenders to undertake the FEED studies at the same time. Local content will be a consideration so some domestic players have forged alliances with the three frontrunners: Italys Saipem has joined forces and SapuraKencana Petroleum; Frances Technip is teaming up with Malaysian Marine and Heavy Engineering; and US player McDermott and TH Heavy Engineering are jointly pursuing the workload. Some industry speculation has tipped the Saipem-SapuraKencana team as the favorite at this early stage, but there is a long way to go before the award stage is reached and anybody could win the ultimate prize because the FEED winner also will be handed an EPCIC contract. The planned Sepat gas platform also could be used as a hub facility for existing satellite fields, as well as any future discoveries. Phase 1 of the project will involve a central processing platform (CCP), equipped with an acid gas removal unit, weighing more than 27,000 tonnes. The platform will come with a flare tower and will be bridge-linked to a wellhead platform under Sepat. A second wellhead platform will also be tied into the hub platform via a 12-km (7-mile) flowline.
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Future CCP demand Malaysias investment research company AmResearch, commenting on Sepat, told domestic newspaper Business Daily that This development is not a surprise, as we had highlighted in past reports that there are up to 10 CCPs such as the Semarang, Bergading, Baronia, Bokor and Dulang which are open for competition in Malaysia over the next two to three years. We expect the Semarang CCP to be awarded soon to SapuraKencana. AmResearch noted that contract rollouts have accelerated after Malaysias 13th general election, with 2Q 2013 orders so far reaching $1.31 billion, compared to $705.4 million in 1Q 2013. In the short to medium term, AmResearch said activity in the oil and gas sector will mainly come from the larger Malaysian projects, such as EOR projects and gas cluster developments in the North Malay basin, as well as in Sabah and Sarawak, which are tied to the completion of the Bintulu LNG gas complex expansion in 2015.

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