The KBM cluster fields are located in Block PM 316 of the offshore Peninsular Malaysia. Image courtesy of Uwe Dedering.
Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) owns the project. Image courtesy of PETRONAS.
The project is estimated to require an investment of $320m until 2014. Image courtesy of PETRONAS.

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The KBM Cluster Fields Development Project includes the development of three oil fields, namely Kapal, Banang and Meranti, which are located in Block PM 316 of the Malaysian offshore Peninsular region. The three fields are situated within 20km from each other, at a water depth of 60m.

The project is owned by Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) and is being implemented in three phases under an eight-year Small Field Risk Service Contract (RSC) awarded in July 2012 to Coastal Energy Company (CEC). Coastal Energy KBM Malaysia (CEKBM), a joint venture of CEC (70%) and Petra Energy (30%), was formed to develop and operate the project.

The first oil from the project was produced in December 2013 from the Kapal field. The field is currently producing 10,000bpd of oil and is expected to produce approximately 13,000bpd of oil during peak hours. The Benang and Meranti oil fields are scheduled to be operational by the end of 2014 and 2019 respectively.

Approximately $320m will be spent on the development till 2014. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for the project was issued by the Environmental Resources Management (ERM) in February 2013.

Reserves and production from the KBM Cluster

The KBM Cluster is estimated to contain recoverable resources of 15 to 35 million barrels of oil. The production rate is expected to range from 4,530bpd to 16,495bpd of oil, 4mmscf to 14mmscf of gas, and 1,646bpd to 30,049bpd of water.

The Kikeh field is located 120km north-west of the island of Labuan, offshore Sabah, East Malaysia in water depths of around 1,300m.

KBM Cluster project development and infrastructure details

The Malaysian offshore cluster development includes drilling of 18 production wells, construction and installation of a four-legged wellhead platform, Mobile Offshore Production Unit (MOPU), Floating Storage and Offloading Tankers (FSO), and two flowlines. The MOPU and FSO were introduced to fast track the development of the oilfields.

The Kapal field features ten production wells, while the Banang and Meranti fields will feature five and three wells respectively. The wells, drilled by using Atwood Oceanics’ Manta jack-up Rig, will be tied back to the four legged wellhead platform, which will be connected to the MOPU.

The flowlines will be 800m long and 6in in diameter each. One flowline will transport oil from the MOPU to the storage tanker, while the other will transport oily water from the storage tanker to the MOPU.

The storage tanker, located and moored at 600m northwest of the MOPU, will have a storage capacity of 400,000 barrels of oil and an oil production capacity of 30,000bpd.

“The Kapal field features ten production wells, while the Banang and Meranti fields will feature five and three wells respectively.”

Processing of oil from the Malaysian cluster

The produced output will be processed at the MOPU and separated into oil, gas and water. After stabilisation, oil will be stored in the oil tankers and then transported via a floating cargo hose system to shuttle tankers on a monthly basis. The produced gas will be used partly to fuel the facilities and the surplus will be flared.

The water will be filtered and treated by a water treatment facility installed at the MOPU. The water treatment system will be designed with a processing capacity of 25,000bpd of water.

Contractors involved

Malaysia Marine & Heavy Engineering (MMHE) performed the refurbishment, upgradation and commissioning of the MOPU at its Pasir Gudang, Johar Shipyard.

NRI Energy Technology