Pogo strong off Thailand

Pogo Producing Co. drilled eight 4Q wells, including two new exploratory wells, in the Maliwan field in the Gulf of Thailand. Future platforms will be needed at the site of each of those two discoveries, one in the far south and one in the far north portion of the field. Six new A-platform development wells were also part of 4Q 2003 development drilling.

Pogo Producing Co. drilled eight 4Q wells, including two new exploratory wells, in the Maliwan field in the Gulf of Thailand. Future platforms will be needed at the site of each of those two discoveries, one in the far south and one in the far north portion of the field. Six new A-platform development wells were also part of 4Q 2003 development drilling.

Maliwan natural gas production, which is gathered to and sold at the nearby Benchamas field complex, will be shut in during much of 1Q 2004 so water processing and other field production facilities can be upgraded to permit greater production levels.

Drilling in the early part of 2004 will include eight development wells at the newly installed Tantawan H platform, followed by a similar number of development wells to be drilled on the new Benchamas J platform.

Pogo and its partners were awarded a new 30-year production licence area (PLA) on the 31,000-acre Benchamas North area. The first two platforms are being planned for the field. In December, an application for another PLA was submitted. The PLA covers 20,000 acres of block 9A adjacent to the eastern edge of the Tantawan field. Action on the block 9A PLA application is expected within the year.

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