By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 26 -- PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia reported start of oil production Nov. 14 from Area 12 of Indonesia's North Duri field, where Chevron produces nearly half the nation's oil.
Oil production from Area 12 is expected to rise to 34,000 b/d by 2012, Chevron said. Initial production from Area 12 will increase with the application of steamflood technology next year, the company said.
Area 12 represents the latest expansion of Duri field, which is the largest producing field Chevron operates in Indonesia and one of the world's largest steamflood projects. The field, which was discovered in 1941 on the island of Sumatra, currently produces 200,000 b/d of oil.
Steamflooding, Chevron reported, has more than tripled oil production from Duri field and has resulted in recovery of more than 2 billion bbl of oil.