Two big fields start producing off Thailand

Foreign operators have started up two major field developments in the Gulf of Thailand.Pailin, believed to be Thailand's largest and most complex single gas development scheme, came on stream late last month. Benchamas oil and gas field came on stream a little earlier in August. The projects help bolster domestic gas supplies in Thailand, which faces rapidly growing demand for gas in the coming century (see related story, p. 41).PailinPailin is being developed under a $375 million program by Unocal Thailand Ltd. The field, 160 km east of the southern province of Nakon Si Thammarat, is ramping up production that is expected to reach 165 MMcfd in the fourth quarter of this year.A second...

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