Total starts production at Myanmar’s Badamyar gas project
Total started production from the Badamyar project, located offshore 220 kilometers south of Yangon in Myanmar, France’s energy major said.
The project, in which Total is the operator with a 31.2 per cent interest, will enable an extension of the Yadana gas field’s 8 billion cubic meters per year production plateau beyond 2020, Total said in a statement.
“Completed on schedule and with costs 20 per cent below budget, this second start-up by Total in 2017 demonstrates our capacity to effectively implement cost reduction programs,” said Arnaud Breuillac, president, exploration and production at Total. “This project underscores Total’s commitment to develop gas projects to provide Myanmar and Thaïland with affordable, reliable and clean energy to support the countries’ economic growth over the coming years.”
The Badamyar project involves the installation of a new wellhead platform connected to the Yadana production facilities, and the drilling of 4 horizontal wells to develop Badamyar gas field as a satellite of Yadana. The project also includes a new compression platform.
Launched in mid-2014, the project was completed with no Lost Time Injury occurrences during the 5 million man-hours worked.
Total’s partners in the project are Chevron-Unocal (28.3 per cent), PTTEP (25.5 per cent) and the national company MOGE (15 per cent).
Total E&P Myanmar (TEPM) is the operator of the offshore M5 and M6 blocks that cover Yadana gas field, which is in production since 1998. Gas production from M5 and M6 blocks currently supplies half of all gas consumed by Myanmar and around 12 per cent of gas consumed by neighboring Thailand.
TEPM is also actively pursuing exploration activities in Myanmar, particularly in deep offshore, and currently holds significant interests in seven offshore blocks. On Jan 4th, 2016, a gas discovery was announced on A6 block. Appraisal drilling will be conducted in 2017, Total said.