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Shell has been a leader in deep-water exploration and production for the last 30 years. The Gumusut-Kakap field offshore Malaysia lies in water depth up to 1,220 metres (4,000 feet) deep. Shell has a 33% interest in this development.
|Interests:||Shell 33% (operator), ConocoPhillips Sabah 33%, Petronas Carigali 20%, Murphy Sabah Oil 14%|
|Design capacity:||150 kbbl/d|
|Key contractors:||MISC Berhad, FMC Technologies, Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering, Atwood Oceanics, JP Kenny|
Development drilling began in January 2008. Early production started at the field in November, 2012.
This was ahead of engineers completing the floating production system (FPS) by linking Gumusut-Kakap’s production wells to the Kikeh production facility, the country’s first deep-water development, operated by Murphy Sabah Oil.
This early production is an interim measure to bring 25,000 barrels a day on stream ahead of completing the FPS.
The semi-submersible production facility was secured to the seabed at the Gumusut-Kakap field in June 2013.
In September, the final riser to carry oil and gas to the platform was hooked up.
Shell has operated in the region for over 120 years. Gumusut-Kakap is Shell’s first deep water development in Malaysia.
The Gumusut-Kakap field is the first deep-water opportunity for Shell in Malaysia.
Sabah Shell Petroleum Company is the operator of the development, which will employ Malaysia’s first deep-water semi-submersible production system.
The field will be developed using 19 subsea wells with oil exported via a pipeline to a new oil and gas terminal, which will be built in Kimanis, Sabah.
The production system will have a design capacity of 150,000 bbl/d and an expected production of 135,000 bbl/d at peak.
Natural gas that is produced along with the oil will be re-injected into the reservoir to help improve oil recovery.
The project safely completed a record-breaking 23,000-tonne superlift in March 2012, by raising the platform’s topsides 45 metres (nearly 150 feet) above ground while the 17,500-tonne hull was moved underneath them.
The combined weight of the production system is equivalent to 1,200 Boeing 737s.
Environment and society
In Malaysia, Shell continues to run major social investment programmes focused on capacity building, environmental conservation and community development.
Located offshore Sabah, the Gumusut-Kakap development area is particularly rich in yellow-fin tuna.
Shell and the Sabah Department of Fisheries are working together on a project to enhance fishing stocks in alternative areas for local fishermen.
Shell is also leading and supporting activities to promote environmental awareness in Sarawak and Sabah; for example, through the SERASI (environmentally-friendly school competition) and Nature Education Camp programmes for schools.
Shell also supports research and environmental conservation efforts in Sabah’s pristine areas in Danum Valley and Maliau Basin.
Other programmes focus on young people and education.
Shell funds hundreds of Malaysian university students every year through its scholarship programme.
It also supports a programme together with the Sarawak Education Department that trains welders, helping to meet industry shortfalls for this skill pool.