Petronas chases new gas reserves as it gears up Malaysia drilling campaign

July 11, 2021

Dateline 2021-06-01, Upstream:

Malaysia’s national upstream company Petronas Carigali is forging ahead with field development work offshore East Malaysia, where it will bring on stream new gas reserves later this year.

Petronas as early as this week is set to start the development drilling campaign for its Bakau non-associated gas (NAG) development offshore Sarawak.

SK408 Gas Fields Development Project, Offshore Sarawak

October 25, 2020

Dateline TBA, Offshore Technology:

SK408 gas fields development project is located within the SK408 Production Sharing Contract (PSC) area, approximately 120km offshore Sarawak in Central Luconia Gas Province, Malaysia.

The project includes five natural gas and condensate fields, namely Gorek, Larak, Bakong, Teja, and Legundi.

The gas fields development project is being developed jointly by SapuraOMV Upstream (40%), Sarawak Shell Berhad (30%) and Petronas Carigali (30%). The phase one development of the SK408 project includes the commercialisation of the gas reserves from the Gorek, Bakong, and Larak fields.

The final investment decision (FID) on the development of the three fields under the first phase was made in April 2018.

Petronas contractor off Malaysia confirmed with Covid-19

May 12, 2020

Dateline 2020-04-06, Upstream:

A worker off Malaysia has tested positive for Covid-19, the second such confirmed case in Southeast Asia’s second-largest oil producer.

“Petronas, through its subsidiary, Petronas Carigali, confirms that one of its contractors at an offshore platform in Miri, Sarawak has tested positive for Covid-19. The contractor is currently receiving treatment at a government hospital,” Petronas told Upstream on Monday.

A contractor source claimed that the worker in question was a rig crew member on Velesto Drilling’s jack-up Naga 6.

As a result of his diagnosis, work has been temporarily stopped at Petronas Carigali’s Tukau Timur (East Tukau) and Baronia fields’ infill drilling programmes.

“As a precautionary measure to manage the risk of exposure, we have temporarily locked down the rig and suspended all crew change. All identified close contacts have immediately been placed under quarantine for 14 days,” said Petronas.

Commercial oil production begins at Layang field offshore Malaysia

February 26, 2020

Dateline 2019-12-20, Oilfield Technology:

JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation’s subsidiary, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration (Malaysia) Limited, the Operator of Block SK10 offshore Sarawak, Malaysia together with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, commenced commercial oil production from Layang Field on 3 December 2019.
Layang Field (“Layang”), in addition to its natural gas production since May 2017, commenced oil production by using a Floating Production, Storage and Offloading System (FPSO) named “FPSO Helang”.

Kuwait’s KUFPEC discovers gas in Malaysian block SK-410B

August 6, 2019

Dateline 2019-06-27, Reuters:

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) said on Thursday it had made a significant gas discovery in block SK-410B in Malaysia.

The block is located in shallow waters, nearly 90 km (56 miles) off the coast of Sarawak, it said in a statement.

The discovery was made by KUFPEC Malaysia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kuwaiti firm, which holds a 42.5% working interest under a production sharing contract with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. and PTTEP HK Offshore Ltd.

Anjung shoot under way

May 30, 2019

Dateline unknown, Upstream Online:

Malaysia’s national upstream company Petronas Carigali is this week carrying out a pre-installation survey before the topsides installation at its Anjung gas field development off Sarawak, East Malaysia.

Brooke Dockyard & Engineering Works fabricated both the Anjung jacket and topsides, while Upstream reported on 24 May 2018 that another local contractor, TL Offshore, had been lined up to install the two structures.

The pre-installation survey work at Anjung in the Kumang Cluster area is being carried out by the Malaysia-flagged vessel Sapura Achiever.

Ninth gas discovery offshore Sarawak will enhance SK408’s viability

July 17, 2018

Dateline 2018-06-13, Borneo Post:

Sapura Energy Bhd (Sapura Energy) and partners Sarawak Shell Bhd (Sarawak Shell) and Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd’s (Petronas Carigali) ninth gas discovery offshore Sarawak is expected by analysts to further enhance the viability of the SK408 project cluster by leveraging on the common infrastructure, pipelines and facilities .

In a filing on Bursa Malaysia, Sapura Energy through wholly-owned subsidiary, Sapura Exploration and Production (Sarawak) Inc (Sapura E&P) and the group’s partners Sarawak Shell and Petronas Carigal announced its ninth gas discovery offshore Sarawak, following the completion of its 2017 drilling campaign within the SK408 Production Sharing Contract (PSC).

Sapura Energy announced that the Pepulut-1 exploration well located offshore Bintulu, Sarawak in Block SK408 was drilled and encountered high quality reservoir.


Petronas confirms employee arrested for suspected graft

October 19, 2017

Is there a project manager app for that? And PCSB TAs have a lot of power, apparently.

Dateline 2017-09-06, Malay Mail:

State oil-and-gas firm Petronas confirmed this afternoon the arrest of one of its staff by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

The Star had earlier today reported the arrest of a Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd project delivery manager at his office in the iconic Petronas Twin Towers yesterday. The 45-year-old was said to be suspected of involved in a RM23.7 million graft case.

“The arrest follows an internal investigation on the employee conducted by Petronas, which later reported the case to MACC.

“Petronas also assisted MACC investigators on the case prior to the arrest,” the company said in a media statement.

The company said it does not condone nor tolerate any form of misconduct among its employees and contractors will fully cooperate with the anti-graft body’s investigations “if necessary”.

The Star also cited MACC director of investigations Datuk Simi Abd Ghani as confirming the arrests of the PCSB employee, along with two others: a 57-year-old contractor that had previously worked with the O&G exploration and production services company and a 28-year-old former PCSB technical assistant yesterday.

Petronas Sets Aside RM10b For Enhanced Oil Recovery Projects In Sarawak

August 29, 2017

Dateline 2017-08-03, MalaysianDigest:

Petroliam Nasional Bhd’s upstream subsidiary, Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB), has set aside RM10 billion for its enhanced oil recovery (EOR) projects located offshore Sarawak.

Expected to be completed by the year 2020, the EOR in the Bakor and Baronia fields, would be jointly carried out with Sarawak Shell Bhd.

PCSB Sarawak Oil-Malaysia Assets head, Anuar Ismail, said the company is upbeat that the investment will yield return despite uncertainties in the global oil prices.

“It is business as usual for Petronas although we are adopting prudent spending. We are trying to reduce our operating cost as much as possible to maximise our income,” he told reporters when met the PCSB headquarters here today.

Anuar also gave his assurance that retrenchment is not in the cards although Petronas is trying to control its operating cost from increasing.

He said there are a total of 1,200 employees stationed at oil rigs in the state.


Now Petronas subsidiary is leaving Labuan

February 4, 2017

Dateline 2017-01-08, Daily Express:

A long-time big player in the oil and gas industry here – Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSD) – has moved its operations to its own supply base at Bintulu Port, Sarawak, effective January 1.

A notice issued by the company advised its service providers and vendors that the delivery point for its materials would now be the East Logistics Command Centre (ELCC) at the Bintulu Port.

Industry sources reacting immediately to the latest development said it was certainly bad news for Labuan but good news for Sarawak which, not long ago, had acted firmly on Petronas to increase Sarawak’s opportunities in its employment.

PCSD had a strong presence here and had helped to raise the profile of the island as a significant oil and gas hub.

The company had been serving as an anchor tenant at the Asian Supply Base (ASB) which has often been described as a fully integrated logistics hub for oil and gas. ASB is a fully Sabah-owned entity and was established in 1985 when Tan Sri Harris Salleh was the Chief Minister of Sabah.