Sabah Shell presses Kinabalu field drilling

Sabah Shell Petroleum Co. Ltd. has conducted further development drilling at Kinabalu field in the South China Sea off Sabah.The field, operated remotely from Shell's Labuan crude oil terminal on Labuan Island 55 km away, is Malaysia's first unmanned development. Kinabalu started up on Dec. 25, 1997.Production averaged 33,300 b/d in 1998 and about 27,800 b/d last year. It was flowing about 31,000 b/d of 34° gravity oil from Miocene at about 9,000 ft subsea in late 1999, when a jack-up arrived to drill two new wells and work over one well.Sabah Shell crews visit the four-leg drilling/production platform about three days per week to carry out planned maintenance.Oil is shipped f...

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