Total starts production at South Mahakam ahead of schedule
Oil major Total announced the start up of its South Mahakam gas condensate project two months ahead of schedule. The South Mahakam is part of the program being implemented to offset production decline impacting the Mahakam PSC.
Total 50% operates the project alongside Inpex 50%. The project envisages a phased development of three gas condensate fields Stupa, West Stupa and East Mandu and two gas fields Jempang and Metulang, which are located approximately 35 km southeast of Balikpapan and 58 km south of the Peciko field, with water depths ranging from 45 to 60 meters.
The first phase involves the installation of three platforms and the drilling of 19 wells. Production is expected to ramp up to reach an average flow rate of 69,000 boepd, including 18,000 bpd of condensates at the end of 2013. Gas and liquids will be exported through a new pipeline from the Stupa platform to the Senipah onshore terminal operated by Total. Like the rest of the Group's production in the country, a portion of the gas will then be sent for liquefaction at the Bontang plant and the other portion will be used to supply domestic clients.
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