Shell plans oil production increase in Gulf of Thailand

Thai Shell Exploration & Production Co., a unit of Royal Dutch/Shell, hopes to increase its crude oil production in northern Thailand by about 8% to nearly 25,000 b/d by yearend. If its plan is successful, the incremental oil output of 1,500-2,000 b/d will come from a new production area known as Nong Makham, a part of Thai Shell's S1 concession.The firm has been seeking approval from Thailand's industry ministry to bring Nong Makham on stream, and its production increase is contingent on receiving that approval by month's end.The added oil output will augment Shell's oil production in the region, currently 23,000 b/d and coming mostly from Sirikit field, the kingdom's...

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