KUCHING: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) is expected to produce oil next month from the D28 offshore oil field, which is about 85 km north-west of Bintulu.
The wellhead platform, the final component of the D28 phase one oil drilling project, is ready for installation at the oil field in a few days’ time.
Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing launched the sail away of the D28 topside, which was constructed by OceanMight Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of KKB Engineering Bhd , at the company load-out jetty, in Jalan Bako yesterday.
OceanMight had earlier completed the D28 jacket which was installed at the oil field in August 2018.
The D28 phase one is a greenfield project located in the Balingian oil and gas fields and has a water depth of some 35m. D28 has 5.44 million stock tank barrels (mmstb) of recoverable oil reserves.
Petronas vice-president (project delivery and technology) Zakaria Kasah said D28 was expected to produce 5,000 gallons of oil a day.
“D28 is a super fast track project that is delivered in nine months by OceanMight against the required usual duration of 15 months,” he said, commending OceanMight for a job well done.
Yesterday, OceanMight celebrated a major safety milestone after recording 280,000 man hours work without lost time injury.
Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd awarded the D28 contract for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) to OceanMight in March this year.
OceanMight secured a second project – EPCC of wellhead platform for D18 phase two project – from Petronas Carigali in August.
The D18 phase two project aims to develop 12.5 mmstb of oil reserves, also located in the Balingian oil fields.
“D18 is also a super fast track project required to be completed in 15 months (second half 2019),” said Zakaria.
He said the award of D28 and D18 contracts to OceanMight was testament of Petronas’ commitment to nurture and grow the business of Sarawak’s oil and gas companies, and that the national oil company would continue to groom local talents .
OceanMight chief executive officer Datuk Kho Kak Beng, who is also KKB chairman and group managing director, said the company had secured RM300mil worth of fabrication contracts for offshore structures this year, on top of RM250mil worth of four contracts which it had delivered on time to its clients between 2014 and 2017.