Malaysia’s first tension leg platform ready for Shell’s Malikai field


PASIR GUDANG, Malaysia -- Shell and the Technip-MMHE joint venture (TMJV) have concluded the onshore fabrication and commissioning of the Malikai deepwater platform. This major milestone marks the sail away of Malaysia’s first Tension Leg Platform (TLP) to the site 100 km offshore Sabah.

The TLP will be making a 1,400-km journey from Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, to Malikai field, where it will be installed in water depths of 500 m.

While it is a deepwater project, after the installation has been concluded, Malikai will produce via the Kebabangan (KBB) shallow-water platform, located 50 km away. The TLP is designed to partially process the gross production before evacuation to KBB, where it will be further processed before being sent onshore to the Sabah Oil & Gas Terminal for storage and offloading to tankers.

In April 2016, Malikai TLP safely concluded its load out, when the 27,500-tonne platform was moved onto a heavy transport vessel. The platform was then brought to a near-shore location to allow the structure to float on its own. Once the platform was floated off of the vessel, further technical evaluations were conducted. The entire process took 10 days. The TLP was then towed back to the construction yard and berthed quayside at the fabrication yard for remaining construction and commissioning activities. 

“Deep water is a growth priority for Shell, and our Malikai project supports the country’s aspiration to be a hub for deepwater development in the region,” said Simon Ong, managing director, Shell Global Solutions Malaysia, Projects & Technology. 

Malikai is Shell’s second deepwater project in Malaysia, following the successful start-up of Gumusut-Kakap last year.

The Malikai project is a joint venture between Shell (35%, operator), ConocoPhillips Sabah (35%), and PETRONAS Carigali (30%).

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