Three Offshore Gas Fields in Myanmar to Shut Down for Maintenance in April

Myanmar will shut down three of the country’s offshore gas fields for scheduled maintenance next month, a senior official at the Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) said, as reported in local media Myanmar Times Tuesday.

Production from the three gas fields – Yadana, Yetagun and Zawtika – will each be halted for around a week commencing in late April for annual maintenance, according to the MOGE offshore director, who declined to be named.

“We have negotiated with PTT (the Thai energy company that buys the gas) for gas exports, and with the Ministry of Electric Power for domestic supply, to arrange a shutdown of the gas fields for maintenance,” he said Monday.

“It (the field maintenance) will start in April around the time of the water festival (in Thailand).”

The Yadana gas field in Blocks M5 and M6, operated by France’s Total S.A. and which has been in commercial production since 2000, will shutdown for maintenance from April 10 to April 19.  

Meanwhile, the planned shutdown at the Yetagun field in Blocks M12, M13 and M14 – operated by the upstream arm of Malaysia’s national oil company Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) Petronas Carigali – will take place from April 20 to April 27.

The Zawtika field in Block M9 in the Gulf of Martaban, which was brought into production in 2014 by Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production Company PCL (PTTEP), is the remaining field scheduled to undergo maintenance during this period.

The official at MOGE, which is a state-owned enterprise responsible for the upstream petroleum sector in Myanmar, told Myanmar Times that the shutdown was necessary to maintain gas production platforms.

“We tried to set different dates for maintenance on Yadana, Yetagun and Zawtika to avoid gas shortages … within the maintenance days, no gas will be produced,” he said.

Natural gas sales from the three offshore fields to Thailand reached approximately 1.3 billion cubic feet per day, an amount which the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated provides for roughy 70 percent of Myanmar's exports, while around 280 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscf/d) were allocated for domestic consumption.

The 2014 average sales volume from the Yadana field reached 767 MMscf/d, while those from the Yetagun and Zawtika fields were at around 343 MMscf/d and 147 MMscf/d, respectively, PTTEP said in an investor presentation March 3.


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