Investment nod for Shell’s Timi gas project off Malaysia

September 20, 2021

Dateline 2021-08-30, Energy Voice:

Shell and its partners, Petronas Carigali and Brunei Energy Exploration, have taken a final investment decision (FID) on the Timi sweet gas development offshore Malaysia that will help boost the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Significantly, Shell said the development marks its first offshore wellhead platform to be powered by solar and wind in Malaysia.

The Timi field is about 200 kms off the coast of Sarawak and its development is designed to pump up to 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) at peak production, Shell said today. Shell said it will evacuate its gas to the F23 production hub via an 80 km pipeline while supporting the future growth in the central Luconia area, off the coast of Sarawak.


Xodus to design Petronas’ first CCS facility

September 17, 2021

Doesn’t PETROS need to approve this?

Dateline 2021-08-17, The Chemical Engineer:

PETRONAS has awarded energy consultancy Xodus the conceptual engineering design contract for the state-energy firm’s first complete CCS project.

Xodus will conduct the feasibility studies and conceptual design for the CCS system for Kasawari, a sour gas field off the coast of Sarawak. The contract was won as part of Xodus’ contract with Petronas to provide engineering services for its Malaysian and international developments. Kasawari is scheduled to begin injecting captured CO2 in 2025, and has been billed by Malaysia’s state energy company as the world’s largest offshore CCS project. The field is estimated to have recoverable reserves of around 3 trn ft3 of gas.


Design Begins for Malaysian Carbon Capture and Storage Project

September 2, 2021

Dateline 2021-08-09, The Maritime Executive:

The development of the first complete Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project, offshore Malaysia, is getting underway for the oil and gas company Petronas. The conceptual engineering design contract for the project was awarded to the global energy consultancy Xodus. 

The Kasawari CCS project, off the coast of Sarawak, will comprise the capture and processing of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the sour gas field development, which will then be injected in a depleted gas field. This project is a key element of PETRONAS’ aspiration of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.


Blamed: Petronas in firing line for Covid cluster in Sarawak: report

August 10, 2021

Dateline 2021-08-01, Upstream:

A Sarawak lawmaker has reportedly blamed national oil company Petronas for a new coronavirus outbreak in the state’s oil and gas town Bintulu in Malaysia.

Bintulu Member of Parliament Tiong King Sing claimed that the potentially fatal Covid-19 was found in many of those on board the Grade One Manjung 7 (GOM 7), a Malaysia-flagged anchor handling vessel that had been working for Petronas.

The vessel had entered Bintulu port in Sarawak, East Malaysia in early July.

Tiong alleged that the GOM 7 had failed to carry out the compulsory 14-day vessel quarantine upon arrival as stipulated by the State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) and had also allowed workers to disembark or others to board during that fortnight.


Malaysia’s Sarawak awards key onshore acreage

July 24, 2021

Dateline 2021-06-21, Energy Voice:

The eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak, home to the country’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export complex, has awarded its first onshore block to Petra Energy and Uzma, as it hopes to revitalise its onshore oil and gas industry after taking regulatory control from the federal government.

Malaysia’s Petra Energy will operate Block SK433 on behalf of joint venture partner Uzma following the award by state-energy company Petroleum Sarawak (PETROS). Block SK433 covers the Miri-Marudi area in Northern Sarawak. It also holds a discovery, Adong Kecil.

In a statement Friday, the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said the award was the result of a competitive bidding exercise that was managed by PETROS since January this year.

The CMO said this marks a significant milestone for Sarawak as it looks forward to the resumption of active exploration and production activities onshore.


Federal Government cedes licensing for the importation, distribution and retail of Liquified Petroleum Gas in Sarawak to State Government

July 12, 2021

Dateline 2021-05-31, Skrine:

The importation, distribution and retail of liquified petroleum gas in the State of Sarawak will be regulated by the State Government of Sarawak commencing 1 June 2021.
 
Under the Distribution of Gas Ordinance, 2016 (Chapter 72) of Sarawak (“Ordinance”), which came into operation on 1 July 2018, various activities relating to the importation, distribution and retail of gas, including liquified petroleum gas, in the State of Sarawak will require a licence issued by the Director of Gas Distribution under the Ordinance.
 
To this end, the Federal Government of Malaysia has gazetted the Notification of Exemption (Amendment) 2021 (“Amendment Notification”) and the Control of Supplies (Exemption) Order 2021 (“Exemption Order”), both of which will come into operation on 1 June 2021.


ConocoPhillips gears up for Malaysian drilling

April 15, 2021

Dateline 2021-03-29, Energy Voice:

ConocoPhillips is set to drill up to three wells off the Malaysian state of Sarawak after hiring a jack-up drilling rig from Malaysia’s Velesto Energy.

Velesto said ConocoPhillips has hired its Naga (dragon) 7 jack-up rig under a contract worth $8 million. Drilling is planned to start before end of June.

ConocoPhillips is considering drilling up to three wells offshore Sarawak this year – the Salam-3 appraisal and the Gagau-1 wildcat on Block WL4-00, and the Mersing-1 exploration well on Block SK 304.


After 49 oil and gas workers test Covid-19 positive, Sarawak says index case, company now under scrutiny

March 23, 2021

Dateline 2021-03-04, Malay Mail:

The Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) will take stern action against an individual and an oil and gas company in Miri, if it is found that standard operating procedures (SOP) were not complied with, its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said today.

He said SDMC is conducting an investigation into the matter after 49 oil and gas workers tested positive for Covid-19 today.

“We will not hesitate to take stern action as a warning to us all,” he told reporters during a media briefing on the Covid-19 situation in the state.

He said this cluster involved a day tripper who failed to comply with the SOP and was exposed to Covid-19 in a high-risk area.

“A total of 49 Covid-19 positive cases identified in the Miri district are from the Baram Oil and Gas Platform.


Petronas readies 13 blocks for 2021 offshore round

March 11, 2021

Historical news.

Dateline 2021-02-22, Energy Voice:

Malaysia will offer 13 offshore exploration blocks, including discovered fields and deep-water opportunities, as part of its Malaysia Bid Round (MBR) 2021 due to launch on 26 February.

Included in the round are six discovered fields to incentivise investors to undertake more extensive exploration activities within those blocks, Malaysian national oil company (NOC) Petronas said Friday. This year’s round also features four deep-water blocks next to the coast of Sarawak and Sabah, which saw prominent exploration discoveries in recent years, added Petronas.

The round will be launched virtually in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and live-streamed to three different markets in North America, UK and Europe, as well as Asia Pacific. Themed ‘Grow your Energy Portfolio with Us’, MBR 2021 aims to attract investors with unique capabilities to unlock the full potential of the hydrocarbon resources in Malaysia.


PROJECTS: KUFPEC’s Malaysia oil discovery ‘significantly more’ than expected – CEO

February 18, 2021

Dateline 2021-02-03, Zawya:

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company’s (KUFPEC) oil discovery in Malaysia is significantly more than expected, the company’s CEO said.

Shaikh Nawaf Saud Al-Sabah told the Atlantic Global Energy Forum 2021 last month that it is one of the top finds over the past couple of years.

“We are in the process of doing the appraisal right now and all indications are that it will be quite significantly more than what we initially expected,” he said.

The discovery, in Block SK-410B located 90 kilometres offshore Sarawak, is estimated to be multi-TCF gas, according to a KUFPEC press release. It said the exploration well encountered a gross gas column of 252 metres.