FPS arrives at deepwater Malaysian field

Installation has begun of a semisubmersible floating production system (FPS) on deepwater Gumusut-Kakap oil field offshore Sabah, Malaysia (OGJ Online, Mar. 17, 2009).

The field, operated by Sabah Shell Petroleum Co. under a production-sharing contract with state-owned Petronas, began producing 25,000 b/d last November through tie-back of two subsea wells to Kikeh oil field operated by Murphy Sabah Oil.

Kikeh, Malaysia’s first deepwater field, began production in 2007 through a spar connected to a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel (OGJ Online, Aug. 11, 2011).

The Gumusut-Kakap FPS, anchored in 1,200 m of water, will handle production from 19 wells completed subsea and connected to seven subsea manifolds. With a capacity to process 150,000 boe/d of oil and natural gas, it’s designed to remain on the field for 30 years and handle production from other fields in the area.

Oil will move from the FPS by pipeline to the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal in Kimanis, Sabah.

Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering Sdn. Bhd. built the FPS at its yard in Pasir Gudang, Johor.

Gumusut-Kakap interests are Shell Malaysia and ConocoPhillips Sabah Ltd., 33% each; Petronas Carigali, 20%; and Murphy Sabah Oil, 14%.

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