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JX Nippon and Petronas to develop Malaysia Layang offshore Sarawak

Nippon to run fast track for Layang FPSO conversion

2B1st_Project_Smart_Explorer_Sales_Pursuit_ToolThe Japanese-owned joint venture JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Ltd (JX Nippon) and its local partner Petronas Carigali (Petronas) are now running on the fast track to develop the Layang gas field, offshore Sarawak in Malaysia, with a converted floating storage production and offloading (FPSO) vessel.

Since 1987, JX Nippon is operating the Block SK10 where stand the Helang and Layang gas fields.

JX Nippon is a joint venture between three Japanese partners where the working interests are shared between:

JXNippon_Petronas_Layang_Development_Sarawak_FPSO_Map – JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corporation (NOEX) 78,7% is the operator

 – Inpex Corporation 15%

 – Mitsubishi Corporation 6.3%

Then the joint venture JX Nippon and Petronas are partnering in the Block SK10 where they hold the respective stakes:

 JX Nippon 75% is the operator

 – Petronas 25%

The Helang and Layang gas fields are supplying feedstock to the Bintulu liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on the Sarawak coast for the export markets in Asia.

JX Nippon and Petronas are currently producing  23,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) of natural gas and condensate from the Helang and Layang fields.

In order to increase capacity from the Block SK 10 JX Nippon and Petronas are planning the Layang gas field development project.

JX Nippon and Petronas to charter Layang FPSO 

To support the Layang Development project, JX Nippon and Petronas are planning to:

JXNippon_Petronas_Layang_Development_Sarawak_FPSO – Build a wellheads platform

 – Convert a FPSO

In their concept, the production of gas and condensate will be separated on the Layang FPSO from where the separated gas will be transferred to the neighboring Helang platform to be exported by pipeline to the Bintulu LNG plant.

Meanwhile the condensate will be stored on the Layang FPSO before to be offloaded on shuttle vessels.

This Layang FPSO should bear the processing equipment for separation liquids – gas, compression, dehydration, water treatment.  

Petronas_Sarawak_Offshore_projectWith this Layang Development project JX Nippon and Petronas are targeting to increase production from the Block SK 10 by:

 – 75 million cubic feet per day (cf/d) of gas

 – 8,000 barrels per day (b/d) of condensate

Based on these capacities, JX Nippon and Petronas organized separate tendering process for the Layang wellheads platform and the FPSO.

The wellheads platform should be awarded in mid 2014 to a local shipyard in respect with the Malaysian local content policy.

For the Layang converted FPSO, JX Nippon and Petronas are looking for a chartering contract over a period of 20 years.

This solution is reducing drastically the capital expenditure of the Layang Development project, but it requires to find an existing vessel at the convenient size and state to be converted, a slot in a shipyard to carry out the conversion and a company to own and operate the converted FPSO, all that in a constrained time frame and demanding terms and conditions of the charter contract.

JX Nippon and Petronas are now in discussion with TH Heavy Engineering (THHE) for this charter agreement but no decision are made yet so that the converted Layang FPSO should not be in operations in the Block SK10 before 2016.

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