PARIS – First gas and condensate has flowed from the South Mahakam project offshore Indonesia, two months ahead of schedule.
The program has been implemented to offset declining output from the Mahakam production sharing contract, which Total E&P Indonesie operates in partnership with Inpex.
The project calls for a phased development of the Stupa, West Stupa, and East Mandu gas condensate fields, and the Jempang and Metulang gas fields.
Locations are 35 km (21.7 mi) southeast of Balikpapan and 58 km (36 mi) south of the Peciko field, in water depths ranging from 45-60 m (147-197 ft). First-phase work involves installation of three platforms and drilling of 19 wells.
Production should build to an average flow rate of 69,000 boe/d, including 18,000 boe/d of condensates by the end of next year.
Gas and liquids will be exported through a new pipeline from the Stupa platform to the Senipah onshore terminal operated by Total. Some of the gas will then be sent to the Bontang plant for liquefaction, with the remainder supply domestic customers.