LONDON -- Following first oil from the Bualuang field, on Aug. 27, 2008, all five production wells now are onstream successfully, according to Salamander Energy. The field has been producing at maximum rates of over 17,000 b/d of oil. The company plans to choke back production to maintain reservoir pressure in order to maximize recoverable reserves over the life of the field.
Salamander also has completed an initial assessment of the progress on the Kambuna field development plan. Following the successful drilling, completion, and testing of the Kambuna development wells in the first half of the year, the focus of activity has moved onshore to the receiving facilities at Pangkalan Brandan, the company says.
Access to the Pangkalan Brandan site recently was granted and construction activity is under way. The company is considering options for condensate storage and export. These include an upgrade to the storage tanks at Pangkalan Brandan and barge transportation via the Babalan River to an offshore offloading facility.
Initial gas is expected at the end of the 1Q 2009 with a phased increase to full production in 3Q 2009.