May. 03. - Murphy Oil Announces First Production In Malaysia

Source Press Release
Company Murphy Oil Corporation 
Tags Upstream Activities
Date May 15, 2003

Murphy Oil Corporation announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Murphy Sarawak Oil Co., Ltd, commenced  first oil production from its West Patricia field located in Block SK 309, offshore Sarawak, Malaysia. Murphy Sarawak is the operator of the block and holds an 85% interest and  PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd., the production arm of state-owned  PETRONAS, holds the remaining interest.

The West Patricia field is located 40 km offshore Bintulu, Sarawak, in 130 feet of water. The initial development phase includes a single production platform and a Floating Storage and Off-loading facility. Later phases will include the installation of additional production platforms and the drilling of more development wells. Initial gross production will quickly ramp up to 15,000 barrels of oil per day. All crude oil produced from the West Patricia field will be marketed under the name “Kidurong crude oil”.

Coming onstream according to schedule and within budget 16 months following project sanction, West Patricia’s development has set a new benchmark in Malaysia for both timing and costs. Design and fabrication of key facilities took place at Malaysian sites with 82% of total field contracts being placed with Malaysian companies.

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