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Published: Tuesday November 20, 2012 MYT 4:53:00 PM

Petronas strikes first oil in Gumusut-Kakap

KUALA LUMPUR: Petroliam Nasional Bhd's (Petronas) Gumusut-Kakap field has achieved its first oil production on Sunday.

In a statement, the state-owned oil firm said the first production is achieved via an interim crude evacuation system (ICES) where two production wells from the Gumusut-Kakap field are tied back (linked) to the existing Kikeh field's floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.

The field is Malaysia's second deepwater development, and production is expected to reach a maximum of 25,000 barrels per day (bpd) upon ramping up of the two wells.

The field's full development system comprises 19 subsea wells tied back to a permanent structure of a semi-submersible floating production system (FPS) and an oil export pipeline that will bring the crude to the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) in Kimanis, Sabah.

The full development system will enable the crude production from Gumusut-Kakap to reach 120,000 bpd at its peak performance.

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