Premier targets July start for Chim Sáo

First oil from the Chim Sáo development off southern Vietnam remains on schedule for July 1, according to operator Premier Oil.

Offshore staff

LONDON -- First oil from the Chim Sáo development off southern Vietnam remains on schedule for July 1, according to operator Premier Oil. At end-2010, the FPSO conversion was around 85% complete, and should sail out of Singapore in mid-April. Development drilling continues as planned.

Premier has now started front-end engineering and design (FEED) and detailed cost analysis for the nearby Dua field, where project sanction is expected later this year.

At the end of this month, theOcean General rig should spud an appraisal well on the CRD discovery, also off Vietnam, before starting a two-well drilling campaign for Premier in the Tunu block offshore Indonesia.

Elsewhere in the Indonesian sector, Premier says work on the Gajah Baru project was 74% complete at the end of 2010, on schedule for first gas on Oct. 1. Development drilling should finish in February. Construction of the central processing platform is progressing ahead of the planned jacket load-out in May.

As for Premier’s Pelikan/Naga project, geotechnical surveys have been completed, and FEED has started for the wellhead platforms, pipelines, and subsea facilities.

The partners are aiming for first gas from both fields in late 2013, with supplies sold under existing contracts to Singapore and Batam.

01/14/2011

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