Oil firm Total E&P Indonesia, a wholly owned subsidiary of French energy giant Total Group, has completed the construction of three offshore platforms for the development of the Sisi-Nubi 2B and Peciko gas fields in the Mahakam Block in East Kalimantan, a company manager said.
Jarot Wahyudianto, the project manager for Sisi Nubi 2B-Peciko 7B, said that the WPN3 platform for the Nubi field was still on the way to its location in the waters off Balikapapan, while the WPS2 for Sisi and SWP-J for Peciko will be sent this weekend and on Oct. 20.
"It is targeted that the WPN3 platform will be ready for drilling operations at the end of December, while the two other platforms would follow in January 2014," Jaro said in Cilegon, Banten.
The platforms were built at the Gunanusa shipyard in Cilegon and would take four days to reach East Kalimantan.
"A total of 1,200 people and 42 ships of various types were involved in this offshore work," he said.
The platforms were all built by PT Gunanusa Fabricator, while PT Rajawali Swiber Cakrawala was responsible for taking the platforms and their supporting equipments to East Kalimantan.
Kristanto Hartadi of Total E&P Indonesia said that the development of the 2nd phase of the Sisi Nubi fase 2 and Peciko 7B cost up to $2 billion dollars.
"These two projects show the committment of Total-Inpex to continue to invest in the Mahakam Block," Kristanto said.
He said that the first production of gas was projected to take place in the second or third quarter of 2014, adding that each of the platforms was designed for a production capacity of around 200 million metric standard cubic feet of gas per day.
The Peciko 7B field will contribute a total of 23 new wells while the Sisi-Nubi 2 will contribute 35 new wells.
Total has been in Indonesia since 1968, operating the Mahakam block together with its Japanese partner Inpex — each with a 50 percent stake.
Together they supply most of the gas to the Bontang liquefied natural gas plant.
Last year, Total produced about 1.87 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas and 67,000 barrel of oil per day.