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PTTEP launches Zawtika platform

By  AOG staff Tuesday, 08 October 2013 10:02
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PTT Exploration and Production Public Co. Ltd. (PTTEP), held a sail-away ceremony for Zawtika Processing and Living Quarters platform (ZPQ) in early October in Singapore. ZPQ is on its way from SMOE Pte. Ltd.’s construction yard in Singapore to its destination at the Zawtika field in the Gulf of Mottama, Myanmar. Upon completion, it is expected to produce natural gas and supply to Myanmar and Thailand.

ZPQ is an integrated platform which combines both natural gas processing facilities and living quarters into a single platform. Its topside weighs 16,500 metric tonne and was designed and constructed over 28 months. In addition, ZPQ has already achieved a remarkable 9,500,000 man-hours without any lost time incident. First gas from the Zawtika project is expected by the end of 2013 with targeted production rate of 345MMcf/d of natural gas.

The Zawtika project is about 300km south of Yangon and 290km west of Tavoy (Dawei), Myanmar. PTTEP International Ltd. (PTTEPI), a subsidiary company of PTTEP, is the operator with 80% interest, while its joint venture partner is Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) with 20% interest. Development phase 1A consists of ZPQ, three wellhead platforms, intra-field sea-lines, offshore and onshore gas export pipeline to connect to the PTT gas pipeline at Ban-I-Tong, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand-Myanmar border.

H.E. U Zay Yar Aung, minister of Energy of Myanmar, jointly presided over the sail-away ceremony with H.E. Marut Jitpatima, ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the Republic of Singapore, and Dr. Norkun Sitthiphong, chairman of the board of directors of PTTEP. Honorable guests were welcomed by Mr. Tevin Vongvanich, president and chief executive officer of PTTEP, and other executives from all parties.

H.E. U Zay Yar Aung, expressed his gratitude at the ceremony, “I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to PTTEP, an operator of the Zawtika project who demonstrates the professionalism in business operation with concern for corporate social responsibility both in the operating area and other parts of the country. The gas production from this project will fulfill part of domestic natural gas requirement. Therefore this project is very important for energy sector and also for the development of Myanmar.”

Dr. Norkun Sitthiphong said, “Zawtika project is very important, not just in terms of its scale, by being one of the largest developments in the Southeast Asia, but also because of the boost it will provide to the domestic gas production at a time of economic growth and the increasing energy demand in both Myanmar and Thailand.”

In addition, Mr. Tevin Vongvanich reaffirmed his confidence in the Zawtika Project, “ZPQ is amongst the largest in Southeast Asia, which is considerably the first large-scale, offshore gas field discovery and development that PTTEP operates overseas. It employs modern technology that is second to none, to ensure that our facilities are of the highest possible standard currently used in the E&P industry, without compromising the aspect of safety, health and environmental concerns. In addition, the development period of ZPQ also ranks among the fastest, compared to other global projects of similar size.”

Image: PTTEP's Zawtika Processing and Living Quarters platform.

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