Kambuna gas flow to start off Indonesia

Serica Energy PLC, London, plans to start production by yearend from Kambuna gas field in the Malacca Straits 40 km off North Sumatra, Indonesia.

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, May 29 -- Serica Energy PLC, London, plans to start production by yearend from Kambuna gas field in the Malacca Straits 40 km off North Sumatra, Indonesia.

The company, operator of the 380-sq-km Glagah Kambuna Technical Assistance Contract with a 65% working interest, has installed a wellhead platform in 40 m of water and is completing production tests of three development wells.

Bow Valley discovered Kambuna field in 1986 south of the undeveloped 1985 Glagah oil discovery by Caltex. Serica began Kambuna development drilling in 2005 (OGJ, Oct. 24, 2005, p. 56).

Serica expects plateau production 50 MMscfd of gas and 5,000 b/d of condensate from proved reserves estimated at 19 million boe.

A 14-in., two-phase pipeline to be laid in the fourth quarter will carry production to an onshore gas plant and tie into pipelines to a power plant at Belawan and to the city of Medan.

The Serica Kambuna-2 and Kambuna-3 wells tested at a combined rate of 73 MMscfd from Early Miocene Belumai sandstone at 7,152-7,342 ft below mean sea level.

Serica is completing the Kambuna-4 deviated well and expects to test it within a few weeks.

GFI Oil & Gas Corp., Calgary, holds the other 35% of the block.

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