Chevron Corporation announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia, has started producing crude oil from the North Duri Field Area 12 in Indonesia, where Chevron produces nearly half the nation's crude oil.
First oil was achieved on Nov. 14, 2008, and production is projected to increase to 34,000 barrels of crude oil per day by 2012. Initial production from North Duri Area 12 will increase with the application of steamflood technology next year.
"The Duri Field is a remarkable base business success for Chevron. With the application of technology, we have been able to extend the life of this field and increase the amount of oil ultimately recovered," said George Kirkland, executive vice president, Upstream and Gas, Chevron.
North Duri Area 12 represents the latest expansion of the Duri field, the largest producing field Chevron operates in Indonesia. The Duri Field currently produces nearly 200,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
Discovered in 1941 on the island of Sumatra, the field is one of the world's largest steamflood projects. Steamflooding is an enhanced oil recovery method that injects steam into the reservoir to increase oil recovery. At the Duri Field, steamflooding has more than tripled oil production, and has enabled the recovery of more than 2 billion barrels of crude oil.
"This remarkable achievement builds on our 84-year history in Indonesia, where we are working together with the government to efficiently develop Indonesia's crude oil, natural gas and geothermal resources," said Jim Blackwell, president, Chevron Asia Pacific Exploration and Production Company.
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