ExxonMobil Turns on the Tap at Guntong F Satellite Platform

ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc. (EMEPMI), a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, has commenced crude oil and gas production from the Guntong F satellite platform offshore Peninsular Malaysia. Guntong F is the second of two platforms to come onstream under the Satellite Fields Development III (SFD III) project.

The Guntong field, discovered in 1978, is located about 210 kilometers offshore the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, in approximately 64 meters of water.

Guntong F is the fifth platform to be installed to develop the field. The produced oil and gas will flow via a new 10-inch pipeline to Guntong A for processing and then to shore via existing pipelines.

Installed in November 2004, Guntong F is anticipated to produce 20 thousand barrels per day of crude oil and 40 million standard cubic feet of gas per day at its peak and recover approximately 29 million barrels of oil equivalent over its lifetime. The project, which required 600,000 work hours to complete, was executed without a single lost-time injury. Total project development cost is estimated at about RM412.3 million (US$108.5 million), including drilling costs.

Based on the SFD generic design concept, Guntong F was designed as an unmanned minimum facility platform supported by a lightweight tripod jacket. The platform will have a capacity for up to 16 wells to be drilled from 12 slots on the platform using splitter wellhead technology, first applied by EMEPMI in the development of its sister platform, Irong Barat C. The project management team achieved valuable economies of scale by executing the fabrication and installation of both platforms as a single project.

Commenting on first production, Rob Fisher, EMEPMI chairman, said, "We are pleased with the start-up of Guntong F, which is an important new contributor to help meet Malaysia's oil and gas needs. By leveraging ExxonMobil's successful experience in Satellite Field Development, we have once again found a way to economically develop a relatively small hydrocarbon accumulation.

"Most importantly," noted Fisher, "it allows us to increase recovery from existing reservoirs of oil and gas and to extend the economic life of reserves from mature producing areas."

The SFD III project consists of the Irong Barat C and Guntong F platforms, which were designed and constructed entirely in Malaysia. The project is being developed by EMEPMI under the terms of the 1995 Production Sharing Contract (PSC) with PETRONAS. EMEPMI holds a 78 percent working interest in the 1995 PSC, with PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (PCSB) holding the balance.