ExxonMobil takes the top off Bintang

Operator ExxonMobil has said that production has commenced from the Bintang Gas Field, in the South China Sea. It lies 137 miles offshore Terengganu, Malaysia.

The company said a peak production rate of 355 million cubic feet per day was flowing from two production platforms, and has estimated reserves of 1 Tcf.. Petronas Carigali and ExxonMobil are 50/50 partners in the venture, which is the second field to be developed under a gas Production Sharing Contract (PSC).

The project, which required more than one million work hours to complete, was executed without a single lost-time injury to workers. Total project development cost is estimated at approximately (US) $80 million excluding drilling costs. A total of 10 wells are planned to be drilled this year.