Maliwan natural gas production, which is gathered to and sold at the nearby Benchamas field complex, will be shut-in during much of the first quarter of 2004 so that water processing and other Benchamas field production facilities can be upgraded to permit greater production levels in the future.
First quarter 2004 drilling in Thailand will include approximately eight development wells at the newly installed Tantawan "H" platform, followed by a similar number of development wells to be drilled on the new Benchamas "J" platform.
Pogo and its partners were awarded a new 30-year "production license area" (PLA) on the 31,000-acre Benchamas North area. The first two platforms are now being planned for the Benchamas North field. In December, an application for another PLA was submitted, covering 20,000 acres of Block 9A located adjacent to the eastern edge of the Tantawan field. Action on the Block 9A PLA application is expected within the year.
Pogo holds a 46.3% stake in the Gulf of Thailand Block B8/32.
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