ExxonMobil brings Banyu Urip central processing facility online in Indonesia

Offshore staff

IRVING, TexasExxonMobil has started up the onshore central processing facility for the Banyu Urip oil field offshore Indonesia. The company says this will help increase production to more than 130,000 b/d.

The project consists of 45 wells producing from three well pads, an onshore central processing facility, a 60-mi (97-km) onshore and offshore pipeline and a floating storage and offloading vessel and tanker loading facilities in the Java Sea.

Production from Banyu Urip began in late 2008, and output has increased as additional facilities were brought online in 2014 and 2015. The project is expected to produce 450 MMbbl of oil over its lifetime.

Operator ExxonMobil Cepu Ltd. has a 45% interest, PT. Pertamina EP Cepu holds 45%, and four local government entities under the Cepu Block Cooperation Body – PT. Blora Patra Hulu, PT. Petrogas Jatim Utama Cendana, PT. Asri Darma Sejahtera, and PT. Sarana Patra Hulu Cepu – hold the remaining 10%.

Neil W. Duffin, president of ExxonMobil Development Co., said: “This milestone demonstrates ExxonMobil’s project management expertise and illustrates the strong partnerships we share with our Indonesia co-venturers and contractors, the government, and the community.

“Our top priority has always been the safe and cost-effective delivery of a reliable project that would result in decades of oil production for Indonesia.”

Banyu Urip has been successfully developed by five Indonesia-led contractor consortiums responsible for engineering, procurement and construction. Together they employed more than 17,000 Indonesian workers at peak levels, representing 95% of the project’s overall workforce, and used more than 460 Indonesia subcontractors.

According to ExxonMobil, once full field production is reached, Banyu Urip will represent approximately 20% of Indonesia’s 2016 oil production target.

The company says it expects to increase its global production volumes in 2015 to 4.1 MMboe/d. The volume increase is supported by the ramp up of projects completed in 2014 and the startup of major developments in 2015.


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