ExxonMobil completes installation of topsides offshore Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Malaysia Inc (EEPMI) has successfully installed the Tapis R topsides offshore Malaysia, which is a key component of the Tapis Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) project.

EEPMI, which is a subsidiary of ExxonMobil, said on Wednesday the Tapis EOR is one of the largest offshore platforms in Southeast Asia.

The Tapis EOR project is one of several oil and gas investments announced in January 2011 under the country's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

Under the ETP, ExxonMobil and partner Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd are investing about RM10bil in new oil and gas assets to help ensure reliable and sustainable energy supplies for Malaysia. 

EEPMI president and chairman of the ExxonMobil subsidiaries in Malaysia See Kok Yew said the Tapis EOR project would boost production from the Tapis field which has been producing since 1978.

"The EOR process will use alternating water and gas injection to improve oil recovery from this mature field over the long term," he explained.

To recap, the Tapis EOR topsides were constructed as one large integrated deck which includes gas compression and water injection facilities, production-processing equipment, utility systems, and living quarters for 145 people.

The platform's flare tower, installed vertically on the main deck and the highest point of the platform, is 95 metres tall, giving the structure a total height of 190 metres from the base of the platform jacket on the sea floor to the flare tip, or nearly the height of a 50-storey building. 

The combined topsides and jacket weigh about 23,500 tonnes and was the first platform to be installed by EEPMI using the float-over method.  

EEPMI said the Tapis EOR topsides deck was fabricated by Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering based on a RM1.4bil contract awarded by ExxonMobil in November 2011.

"Hook-up and commissioning will continue over the next few months at the Tapis R platform, in preparation for water-alternating-gas injection activities to start in the third quarter of 2014," said EEPMI.

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