First Gas Production from SK318 Timi Field

PETRONAS is pleased to announce that the Timi field in Block SK318, located approximately 200km off the coast of Sarawak, offshore Malaysia has achieved its first gas production on 22 August 2023.

Block SK318 is operated by Sarawak Shell Berhad with a 75 per cent participating interest, in partnership with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd. and Brunei Energy Exploration at 15 per cent and 10 per cent participating interests, respectively.

Timi field development comprises a new wellhead fixed platform connected to the F23 production hub via an 80 kilometre pipeline. Installed in water depths of about 143 metres, it is Malaysia’s deepest fixed platform to date. Both the topside and substructure were fabricated locally, designed to be unmanned and powered by a solar and wind hybrid power energy system.

PETRONAS Senior Vice President of Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), Mohamed Firouz Asnan said, “We are pleased that Shell was able to optimise the development of Timi, a platform capable of producing up to 300 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd) using less than 5kW of continuous power generation.

“We are extremely proud of our partnership with Block SK318 Contractors and their service providers, who persevered in completing the project within the short period of two years since FID during the period which coincided with the recovery post Covid-19 pandemic. This achievement would not have been possible without the strong support of the Sarawak State Government – a true embodiment of the spirit of collaboration that exists in Malaysia’s upstream industry,” he added.

The adoption of cleaner energy sources to power Malaysia’s offshore facilities is a key component of MPM’s strategy in creating a more sustainable upstream industry.

Image caption: Timi platform, credit PETRONAS

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