CALGARY, Canada -- Oil production has begun from the Northern Fields development offshore Malaysia and Vietnam, according to Talisman Malaysia. The development is located in the PM-3 Commercial Arrangement Area (CAA). Production is expected to reach 40,000-50,000 boe/d (gross sales) by early 2010 with the commissioning of dry gas facilities mid-year. Talisman expects to drill a total of 16 development wells in the Northern Fields this year, with an additional 13 expected in 2010.
Sales gas from the development is piped to Malaysia and Vietnam via the Talisman-operated Southern Fields development (also in PM-3 CAA).
The project is comprised of over 70 reservoirs, 50 wells, three wellhead riser platforms, a central processing platform, a floating storage and offloading tanker, and over 100 km (62 mi) of subsea pipelines.