Uzma Unfazed by Concerns Over Berantai, Balai RSC Cessations in Malaysia

September 10, 2016

Tg. Baram acreage may be returned?

Dateline 2016-08-08, Rigzone:

Malaysia’s upstream oil and gas services company Uzma Berhad, holder of a minority stake in the Tanjung Baram oil field in Block SK307 offshore Sarawak, is unfazed by talks that the risk service contract (RSC) for the acreage might be cancelled amid cost rationalization initiative undertaken by the country’s national oil firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS), local media The Star reported Saturday.

Such views were triggered recently after PETRONAS reached an agreement last month with the joint venture comprising Petrofac Energy Developments Sdn Bhd and SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad’s subsidiaries for the cessation of the Berantai RSC located in Block PM309 offshore Terengganu, Malaysia.

“The RSC’s cessation will allow PETRONAS to minimize the project’s long-term value erosion and optimize the development and production activities in Malaysia, in line with its efforts to reduce costs and increase the efficiency of its operations,” the Malaysian state-owned firm said in the July 11 press release.


PETRONAS Appoints Vestigo Operator of Malaysia’s Berantai RSC

August 25, 2016

Again, this is old news for those who are in the business. I didn’t even know there was a bidding exercise, if not I would have put in a bid.

Dateline 2016-07-21, Rigzone:

Malaysia’s national oil company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) appointed Wednesday its wholly-owned subsidiary Vestigo Petroleum Sdn Bhd as operator of the Berantai field in Block PM 309, located about 93 miles (150 kilometers) offshore Terangganu, Malaysia, following the cessation of the Berantai Risk Service Contract (RSC) with the previous contractors announced July 11.

“The appointment of Vestigo is in line with PETRONAS’ effort to extend the economic life of the field and maximize the long term value of the asset,” the company said in a press release.

Vestigo specializes in the development and production of small and marginal fields and currently operates the Tembikai field under the Tembikai-Chenang Cluster Small Field RSC since June 2015.

The Bertantai field comprises a wellhead platform connected to a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel, which processes and exports gas to the neighboring Angsi field via a 18.6 mile (30 kilometer) subsea pipeline before being exported onshore. First gas from Berantai commenced in October 2012.

Units, UK partner to end risk sharing contract for offshore oilfield

August 21, 2016

Dateline 2016-07-11, Asia Review:

Risk sharing contracts were introduced by Petronas in an attempt to develop smaller and marginal oilfields and increase oil recovery amid depleting fossil fuel resources in Southeast Asia’s third largest economy. Unlike traditional production sharing contracts, parties bound under risk sharing pacts enjoy a prior-agreed rate of return, while risks are shared even if an exploration fails to yield results.

Petrofac pulls plug on contract with Malaysian state-owned oil firm Petronas

August 14, 2016

Who pulled whose plug? And notice that Petrofac’s share prices went up.

Dateline 2016-07-11, City AM (who?)

Petrofac shares popped today after the oilfield services provider scrapped a contract with Malaysia’s state-owned oil firm.

Petrofac’s Malaysian subsidiary and its partners agreed an early stoppage to the development of the the Berantai gas field, located about 150km offshore Peninsular Malaysia, with Petronas.

Petronas was due to pay Petrofac $357m (£275.4m) for the contract last year, which resulted in a profit of just $1m during this period.

The London-listed firm had the right to end it ahead of the expected end date in 2020, depending on the project’s economics.

From Offshore – Malaysian Berantai platform in place

December 25, 2011

Dateline 2011-12-19:

Petrofac says the jacket and topsides have been installed for the first wellhead platform for Petronas’ Berantai project off Malaysia.

The drilling program has started on schedule, and the FPSO Berantai should sail to the field location around end-March 2012.

In block PM304 offshore peninsular Malaysia, gas lift facilities on the Cendor field should begin operating on year-end. Petrofac also expects the field development program for the West Desaru fault block to be approved early next year.

From The Star – Drilling for Future Opportunities

March 13, 2011

Dateline 2011-02-26:

THE recent US$800mil risk-service contract (RSC) awarded by Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) to a consortium formed by two local parties and a foreign player for the development and production of the Berantai marginal oil field, located 150km offshore Terengganu, has drawn enormous interest for more than one reason.

Firstly, it marks the adoption of a new contract, RSC, for development and production of local marginal oilfields (as oppose to the production-sharing contract used for exploration and production works).

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