TOTAL STARTS UP BONGKOT GAS FIELD

Total and partners have brought on stream giant Bongkot natural gas field in the Gulf of Thailand off Thailand at a rate of 150 MMcfd. Plans call for production to jump to 200 MMcfd in January 1994 and 250 MMcfd in January 1995. Reserves are estimated at 2 tcf. Total project cost to yearend is estimated at $500 million. Development involved installation of three multiwell platforms, a production-processing platform, accommodation platform, and a floating storage unit for storing condensate.

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