Gumusut-Kakap deepwater field achieves 1st oil production

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THE Gumusut-Kakap (GK) Phase 3 deepwater development project on the east coast of Sabah achieved its first oil production on July 31, 2022, as two new oil producer wells and two water injector wells were drilled. 

Petronas said once the project is fully completed in the first quarter of 2023 (1Q23), the four wells will add around 25,000 barrels per day to GK’s existing production capacity.

Sabah Shell Petroleum Co Ltd is the operator of the GK project, in partnership with Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, ConocoPhilips Sabah Ltd, PTT Exploration and Production Public Co Ltd, and PT Pertamina Malaysia Eksplorasi Produksi.

Petronas Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM) senior VP Mohamed Firouz Asnan said GK Phase 3 represented another milestone in the development of this field, and it will further unlock its full potential.

“We are very proud of the tremendous efforts of our petroleum arrangement contractors including our service providers who, with the strong support of the Sabah government, managed to overcome the challenges faced by the project, especially during the height of the pandemic. 

“It is a real testament of the resilience of the local oil and gas ecosystem,” he said in a statement today.

“While the shallow inboard areas continue to underpin the country’s production, the future lies in the deepwater plays which make up a quarter of our offshore acreages,” he added.

Petronas, through MPM, manages petroleum arrangements in Malaysia and provides stewardship on upstream petroleum activities.