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Shell starts oil production from Malikai deepwater platform

29th January 2017

Shell has started oil production from the Malikai Tension-Leg Platform (TLP), located 100-kilometres off the coast of the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Malikai Tension-Leg Platform (TLP)
Malikai Tension-Leg Platform (TLP)

Located in waters up to 500-metres deep, Malikai is Shell’s second deepwater project in Malaysia, following the successful start-up of the Gumusut-Kakap platform in 2014. Malikai is expected to have a peak production of 60,000 barrels per day. As the company’s first TLP in the country, Malikai is an example of the strength of Shell’s global deepwater business, applying TLP expertise from decades of operations in the US Gulf of Mexico.

“Malikai marks an important milestone for Shell, its partners, Sabah and Malaysia,” Andy Brown, upstream director, Royal Dutch Shell, said. “The project has demonstrated our capability in delivering competitive deepwater projects utilising our global expertise.”

The project features a cost-effective platform design and a unique, industry-first set of risers, or pipes that connect the platform to the wells for oil production, which required fewer drilling materials and lower costs.

Designed and built in Malaysia, the Malikai TLP project has allowed Shell to share deepwater expertise with Malaysian energy companies, playing an active role in helping the government develop the nation’s deep-water resources and deep-water service industry. 

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