PETRONAS Carves Role as a Pioneer in Southeast Asia’s Offshore EOR

January 31, 2016

Nice to see PETRONAS in the news, in a positive light. Kipidap! (that’s to annoy my children). Though on second reading… 2014?

Dateline 2015-01-29, Rigzone:

Southeast Asia’s largest offshore Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project, costing $2.5 billion, became operational at Malaysia’s Tapis field in September 2014, marking the culmination of a three decade-long journey for the country’s national oil company (NOC) Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS).

The firm became interested in EOR in 1986 when a study was made for Malaysian oilfields. But another decade passed before the first EOR evaluation took place at the Dulang field offshore Terengganu. In 2002, PETRONAS designated EOR as a strategic project, a move enabling the initiative to secure the necessary direction and funding, paving the way to realize the Tapis project.

The Tapis project, undertaken by PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd and ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc. in a 50:50 joint venture, is also one of the world’s largest water alternating gas (WAG) offshore EOR developments.


Chopper Problems in Kerteh?

April 20, 2008

An unexpected night offshore (Thursday). Not that I’m complaining too hard, considering my colleague and I had been bounced off Tuesday’s flight, and only got on the chopper to Lawit-A at 3pm on the Wednesday. After a quick stop at Dulang-B for a refuel, we reached Lawit-A at 5pm. We were expecting to leave today at 3, but got bounced of that flight due to max pax. So, we now have additional time to carry out our duties, and maximize our client’s funds.

I understand that the chopper situation at Kerteh has worsened lately. I don’t have hard facts, but I have received the following impression from people on both sides of the heli check-in desk:

  • Veteran local pilots are disgruntled because they are earning less than newly minted pilots hired from Indonesia.
  • Pilots are disqualifying aircraft on minor matters. Possibly this might be a reaction to the above situation. This means there are less than planned aircraft available to shuffle grunts back and forth from the offshore assets, as more have been grounded for repairs due to the above disqualification.
  • There aren’t enough engineers to sign off on the repairs done on choppers. Which leads on to the next point:
  • Apparently there has been en mass resignation of the Kerteh maintenance crew. I assume this is because another transport company is willing to pay more for trained personnel than hire fresh faced staff and having to train them. The only other company I know that may want O&G experienced heli staff is Awan Inspirasi. The ‘pay more, instantly staff up’ model has been a norm in Malaysia’s oil and gas arena ever since the independent oil producers showed up.

I sympathise with the Kerteh MHS front desk personnel, who have to deal with all the po faced people waiting for seats, slumping all over the waiting room.

This transport crisis also affects production, as staff booked for travel are not doing it for the pleasure of offshore cuisine (though it’s a benefit), but to do work. Engineers need to be ready for these kinds of hiccups, and ensure that we can keep ourselves busy. Oh, and the Awana Kijal is always fully booked now, but that’s another blog.