Shell launches Timi gas production off Malaysia

A unit of LNG giant Shell has started gas production at its Timi platform in Malaysia under the SK318 production sharing contract.

Sarawak Shell Berhad operates the SK318 PSC with a 75 percent stake, while other partners include Petronas and Brunei Energy Exploration that have 15 percent and 10 percent participating interests, respectively.

In August 2021, Shell took a final investment decision on its Timi gas development located 200 kilometers off the coast of Sarawak, Malaysia.

Timi sweet gas field is located at about 252 km north-west of Bintulu, Sarawak, the home of the Petronas-operated LNG complex.

Moreover, Timi features Shell’s first wellhead platform in Malaysia that is powered by a solar and wind hybrid power system.

This unmanned platform is also more cost efficient, as a result of it being around 60 percent lighter in weight, than a conventional tender-assisted drilling wellhead platform that relies on oil and gas for power, Shell said.

Timi is designed to produce up to 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day of gas at peak production and will evacuate its gas through a new 80 km pipeline to the F23 production hub.

The project supports the future growth in the central Luconia area, off the coast of Sarawak, Shell said.

Prior to Timi, Shell Malaysia’s first fully solar powered wellhead platform, the Gorek field, located 145 km offshore Malaysia, achieved first gas production on May 24, 2020.

In 2022, Shell Malaysia took a final investment decision on the Rosmari-Marjoram gas project, the largest integrated offshore and onshore project in Sarawak, which will be primarily powered by renewable energy.

This project will feed the Bintulu LNG export plant in Sarawak.

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