Woman engineer excels in oil and gas industry

April 15, 2022

Dateline 2022-03-07, The Borneo Post:

Having women in a male-dominated industry is an advantage to any organisations.

Senior Operations Support Engineer for Sabah Deepwater Operations (Gumusut Kakap and Malikai fields) of Shell Malaysia, Joyee Cheah said the nature of being a woman helps her contribute back to the largest natural gas producer in the country.

“I am leaning towards benefits of being a woman who tends to be a detailed person, a good listener, giving importance to your thoughts, able to provide a diverse perspective and contributions back to the team,” she said.

Malaysia’s Kimanis crude exports to halve in April due to maintenance

April 10, 2020

Dateline 2020-02-19, Reuters:

New repair works scheduled by Royal Dutch Shell in its oilfields in Malaysia are likely to halve exports of Kimanis crude cargoes in April and squeeze supplies in Asia, two sources said on Wednesday.

Kimanis is Malaysia’s largest export grade and it is produced from the deepwater fields of Gumusut-Kakap and Malikai offshore Sabah, which are operated by Shell.

Maintenance at Malikai were planned for April, but the operator recently scheduled repair works at Gumusut-Kakap during the same period, one of the sources said.

Shell Presses Ahead with Malikai Phase 2

March 14, 2020

Dateline 2020-01-13, OE:

Oil giant Shell has made a decision to invest in the second phase of its Malikai deepwater development offshore Malaysia.

In an announcement on Monday, Shell’s Malaysian subsidiary Sabah Shell Petroleum Company, the operator of the Malikai Tension-Leg Platform (TLP) located offshore Sabah, said the second phase would involve the drilling of two additional oil-producing wells and four water injection wells to enhance Malikai’s expected recoverable oil volumes.

The company said the move was is part of Shell’s continued investment in the country’s deepwater potential, and was expected to contribute to Malikai’s production in the second quarter of 2021. The development deploys the same single-combo riser technology that was used for the first time during Malikai Phase 1. The company did not provide the financial details of the project.

Malikai Oil Field Startup To Boost Malaysia’s Kimanis Exports

January 20, 2017

Dateline 2016-12-13, Reuters:

Malaysia is expected to start oil production at the end of December at a deepwater field that could lift February export volumes of key grade Kimanis by 25% from January, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Dec. 13.

Operated by Royal Dutch Shell, the Malikai Field off the East Malaysian state of Sabah could boost exports of Kimanis to 193,000 barrels per day (bbl/d) in February, or nine 600,000-barrel cargoes, they said, meeting crude demand from Australia and India.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to media. Shell and its partner, Malaysia’s state-owned energy company Petronas, declined to comment.

The new production will come after Malaysia joined producers from outside of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut output along with its OPEC counterparts. News of the agreement boosted global oil prices by more than 6% to 18-month highs on Dec. 12.


Shell starts oil production from Malikai deep-water platform in Malaysia

January 19, 2017

Dateline 2016-12-14, NST:

Shell has started oil production from the Malikai Tension-Leg Platform (TLP), located 100-kilometres off the coast of Sabah.

In a statement Wednesday, the company said Malikai is the first deep-water TLP in Malaysia and the first Shell TLP outside of the Gulf of Mexico.

Located in waters up to 500 metres deep, Malikai is Shell’s second deep-water project in Malaysia, following the successful start-up of the Gumusut-Kakap platform in 2014.

Malikai, which is expected to have a peak production of 60,000 barrels per day, is a joint venture between Shell (35 per cent, as an operator), ConocoPhillips Sabah Ltd (35 per cent) and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (30 per cent).

The project features a cost-effective platform design and a unique, industry-first set of risers, or pipes that connect the platform to the wells for oil production, which required fewer drilling materials and lower costs.


Malaysia to start producing oil at new offshore field by end-Dec

January 14, 2017

Dateline 2016-12-13, Reuters:

Malaysia is expected to start oil production at the end of December at a deepwater field that could lift February export volumes of key grade Kimanis by 25 percent from January, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

Operated by Royal Dutch Shell, the Malikai field off the East Malaysian state of Sabah could boost exports of Kimanis to 193,000 barrels per day in February, they said, meeting demand from Australia and India.

Shell and its partner Petronas declined to comment.

Malaysian oil and gas hub materializes as Malikai nears production

October 23, 2016

Dateline 2016-09-12, Offshore:

Shell recently celebrated several major milestones for Malikai as it moves closer to entering production, when it will become the company’s second operated deepwater project in Malaysia after Gumusut-Kakap.

In June, the Technip-Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering (MMHE) joint venture (TMJV), contracted by Shell in February 2013, concluded onshore fabrication and commissioning operations. The 27,500-metric ton TLP then began its 1,400-km (870-mi) excursion from the MMHE West fabrication yard at Pasir Gudang in Peninsular Malaysia to the Malikai field, which lies in the South China Sea some 100 km (62 mi) off Sabah.

The TLP was transported by the Dockwise heavy-lift vessel White Marlin, according to fellow contractor InterMoor, which was responsible for the marine aspects of its float-off and tow.

These milestones behind it, a spokesperson for Shell based in Kuala Lumpur recently told Offshorethat it anticipates first oil in 2017.

Joint efforts result in Malaysia’s first Tension Leg Platform

August 3, 2016

Dateline 2016-06-25, NST:

Malaysia’s first Tension Leg Platform (TLP), which was completed in April, is a result of a collaboration among major oil players — a signal that joint efforts are needed to remain sustainable during the “lower for longer” period. The Malikai deep-water platform was designed and built and will be operated by Malaysians. It was completed on time after 23 million man-hours, including 10 million work-hours, without a loss time injury recorded. The platform was a joint venture between Shell Malaysia as the operator (with a 35 per cent stake), ConocoPhilips Sabah (35 per cent) and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (30 per cent). It was designed and engineered by Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Sdn Bhd (MMHE) and Technip. It is a major milestone on what was once deemed difficult to achieve and is a national accomplishment.

Shell Sees Malikai Project in Malaysia as Boosting Deepwater Ambitions

July 22, 2016

Dateline 2016-06-14, Rigzone:

Royal Dutch Shell plc planned to stay at the forefront of the global deepwater oil and gas industry and the Malikai deepwater tension leg platform (TLP) project offshore Sabah, Malaysia would strengthen its position in achieving the goal, Chairman of Shell Malaysia Iain Lo revealed at the sail away ceremony Friday marking the completion of onshore fabrication and commissioning of the Malikai TLP, local media Borneo Post reported Monday.

“The merger with BG Group demonstrates Shell’s commitment to deepwater and in Malaysia, this commitment will translate to continued development and exploration in the deepwater,” he said.

A joint venture comprising France’s Technip S.A. and Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Berhad (MMHE) completed onshore fabrication and commissioning of the 27,500-ton TLP, the first to be designed and fabricated in Malaysia, at Pasir Gudang, Johor, earlier this month. The TLP will soon be transported 870 miles (1,400 kilometers) to the Malikai oil field, located 62 miles (100 kilometers) offshore Sabah in water depths of 1,640 feet (500 meters), for installation.

When ready for first oil in 2017, the Malikai deepwater project — which has been developing as planned and on budget — will have a peak production of 60,000 barrels per day.


Shell continues to study recent gas discoveries

July 17, 2016

Dateline 2016-06-14, Borneo Post:

There have been a total of 10 gas discoveries by Shell and partners in Sarawak in the past 24 months, all of which are still under study.

According to Shell Global Solutions Malaysia, Projects and Technology managing director Simon Ong, over the past few years, Shell and its partners have made quite a few discoveries, mainly in gas offshore Sarawak – some of which are quite significant in volumes.

“We have a very active exploration program, we have one of the biggest exploration expenditure in this country about US$100 million per year, in the last last few years.

“We have made significant discoveries, both us and our partners, made a lot of discoveries, predominantly in the Sarawak side. But, we also have plans to look into Sabah,” Ong said during a press conference on the Malikai Sail Away Milestone over the weekend.