ExxonMobil Corp. has begun first production from the Bintang gas field in the South China Sea. Located 137 mi offshore Terengganu, Malaysia, the Bintang field is expected to produce 1 tcf of gas with a peak production rate of 355 MMcf/d. Gas from two Bintang platforms, A and B, will flow through 7 mi. of new pipeline to Lawit A for processing, and then to shore via existing pipelines. Bintang is the second field to be developed under a gas production-sharing contract (GPSC) with Petronas Carigali, a subsidiary of Malaysia's national oil company, Petronas, and ExxonMobil, operator of the 50-50 joint venture.
ExxonMobil and Petronas Carigali advanced the development of the Bintang field under the terms of the GPSC to meet increasing national demand for gas on the Malaysian peninsula.
"ExxonMobil is committed to ensuring reliable gas supplies to Malaysia, and to utilizing international best practices to enhance its local operations," said Terry Koonce, president of ExxonMobil. "For the Bintang development, advancing the project required innovative solutions to maximize the economic value of the field."