Petronas Sees 14 Fields Under EOR Scheme Producing Up to 1B Barrels of Oil

November 17, 2013

Dateline 2013-09-26, Rigzone:

Malaysia’s state-owned oil company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) expected production from 14 oil fields identified under the enhanced oil recovery (EOR) initiative to reach between 750 million and one billion barrels of oil for the duration of the fields’ economic life, subject to the condition of the fields and when these projects start up, local newspaper The Star reported Thursday.

The Tapis field is the first to be selected for the EOR scheme, under which Petronas seeks to reverse dwindling oil reserves in Malaysia. Five of these fields lie offshore Sabah and Sarawak, including Baram in Sarawak and St Joseph in Sabah, while the others are located offshore Peninsular Malaysia, including Tapis and Dulang fields.

Petronas CEO Shamsul Azhar Abbas said recently that production decline at its Malaysian oil fields has been kept to a minimum, at around 2 and 3 percent which helped the firm to maintain crude production at around 480,000 barrels per day, compared to 8 and 9 percent internationally, The Star reported.

Petronas’ EOR project in Tapis to boost oil production

November 15, 2013

Isn’t Tapis ExxonMobil’s field?

Dateline 2013-09-25, The Star:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd expects Malaysia’s first large scale enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project to boost oil production at the Tapis oilfield offshore peninsular Malaysia by up to 35,000 barrels per day from between 3,000 and 4,000 barrels currently.

Head of EOR programme, exploration and production technology division Dr Nasir Darman said using the water-alternating-gas (WAG) injection measure, the depleting Tapis oilfield will be injected with gases from nearby Guntong oilfield to increase pressure and enhance oil production.

Production, he added, is expected to start in the first half of next year. “At peak, the project is expected to produce between 25,000 and 35,000 barrels per day of oil in 2016 and 2017,” he told reporters in a briefing at the Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Bhd (MMHE) fabrication yard here on Tuesday.

Malaysian Tapis oil field EOR project set to start up end 2013: ExxonMobil

August 18, 2013

Dateline 2013-07-10:

ExxonMobil’s Tapis enhanced oil recovery, or EOR, project, which will help sustain the current production level of Malaysia’s Tapis blend crude, is expected to start up by the end of 2013, a spokeswoman with the oil major’s Malaysian subsidiary said late Tuesday.

The spokeswoman declined to disclose the current production level of the light sweet crude, but market sources have pegged it at 150,000 b/d.

Tapis blend has an API gravity of 45 and 0.03% sulfur content and is mainly used by Petronas at its own refineries. Current spot availability is around 300,000-600,000 barrels/month, down from 1.2 million barrels previously.

Maximising oil recovery from maturing oil fields

August 3, 2013

Dateline 2013-07-05, Sin Chew:

Malaysia is set to enhance its crude oil recovery from its maturing oil fields through the Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) technology using its own expertise in petroleum engineering.

Works are already underway to implement EOR at the Tapis oil field located about 200 kilometres off Terengganu that produces extra-light and low-sulphur crude oil.

Tapis is one of seven mature offshore fields that ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc. (EMEPMI) and PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) have agreed to develop as part of a 25-year production-sharing contract that was finalized in 2009.

The EOR is a major engineering milestone for the country as local companies like SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd and Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Bhd (MMHE) are involved in fabricating the jacket and deck respectively.

Petronas And Shell Sign Oil Recovery Deal

January 28, 2012

Someone asked me about definitions, IOR, EOR, secondary oil recovery, tertiary etc. I say, look at Schlumberger Oilfield Glossary.

Dateline 2012-01-19:

Malaysia plans to launch the world’s biggest offshore enhanced oil recovery (EOR) project that will have a positive impact on the country’s oil reserves, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday.

The RM38 billion (S$15.5 billion) project is a joint-venture between national oil company Petronas and Shell Malaysia that will last 30 years.

“I am confident that this landmark undertaking will prove another significant milestone, not only for Petronas but for Malaysia’s development as well,” Mr Najib said at the signing of two new production-sharing contracts between Petronas and Shell.

The EOR technology, which will be employed in the Baram Delta and North Sabah fields, will help to boost the recovery efficiency of the oil fields to about 50 per cent and extend the fields’ life to beyond 2040.

If the project is successful, it could lead to the world’s first offshore Alkaline Surfactant Polymer EOR project using horizontal wells. It will also provide additional supplies for the country’s power and industrial needs, and promote organic growth in the oil, gas and energy sector, reported The New Straits Times.


From Bernama – MMHE Secures RM1.4 Billion Contract From EMEPMI

November 16, 2011

Dateline 2011-11-03:

Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Bhd (MMHE) has secured the RM1.4 billion Tapis Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project from ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc (EMEPMI).

The contract from the subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation is for the construction and installation of the main structure for the Tapis R topside, which is the main structure of the Tapis EOR project.

EMEPMI chairman and president, Hugh W Thompson said the contract was part of the company’s long-term commitment to work closely with PETRONAS and their co-venture partner PETRONAS Carigali to develop Malaysia’s full energy potential.”

Taken from AOG – PETRONAS and EOR

March 6, 2009

Taking the article from the Asian Oil & Gas magazine,

Malaysia has set itself an ambitious target to add an additional 520 million barrels of oil to its reserve by 2010 by applying EOR technologies to its offshore oilfields.

According to Dr. Nasir Hj. Darman of …

Hopefully, the spill off will allow us small specialist engineering companies to soldier through these trying times. Even though most of the work is downhole, the PSCs must need to design additional topsides facilities (im thinking water injection here) to pursue their EOR of choice.

Asian Oil & Gas March/April 2009 edition

Asian Oil & Gas March/April 2009 edition