ABU DHABI, UAE â€“ Mubadala Petroleum has started oil production from the Manora field in the northern Gulf of Thailand.
Production is expected to peak at 15,000 b/d from 10 planned production wells with the support of five injection wells.
The field is within the G1/48 concession, about 80 km (50 mi) offshore in 44 m (144 ft) of water.
Discovered in 2009, Manora opened up a new oil play in the northern Gulf of Thailand. The field was further appraised by drilling three wells, and field development was sanctioned in July 2012.
First oil from Manora follows the hook-up and commissioning phase and drilling of the first four of as many as to 10 production wells. All platform facilities were constructed in Thai fabrication yards. The facilities include a wellhead processing platform, with water injection facilities to maximize oil recovery, connected via subsea pipelines to an FSO vessel. The commercial life of the field is projected to exceed 10 years.
Proved and probable reserves contained in Manoraâ€™s primary reservoir, and recoverable by natural depletion, are estimated to be 20 MMbbl (gross). Mubadala says water injection will be implemented from start-up and once its effectiveness has been confirmed by enhanced production performance, more reserves will be added.
Mubadala Petroleum holds a 60% stake; while Tap Energy holds 30%; and Northern Gulf Petroleum holds 10%.