Petrofac has brought on stream its East Cendor oilfield on Block PM 304 offshore Peninsular Malaysia.

East Cendor is the fourth field to be exploited on the block, following Cendor, West Desaru and Irama.

The project comprises the development of a single new wellhead platform (WHP) and installation of a new 6.3-kilometre pipeline linking the field to the existing floating production, storage and offloading vessel Cendor.

Output from East Cendor is expected to peak at more than 7000 barrels per day of oil, which will further extend the economic life of Block PM 304.

Malaysia’s Muhibbah Engineering in summer 2019 won the 150 million ringgit (US$35.6 million) engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract for the WHP for the East Cendor phase one project.

The contract workscope included the substructure, topsides, new water injection, gas lift, local power generation, chemical injection facilities and communications.

“East Cendor’s first oil success proves that the Malay Basin is by no means a mature hydrocarbon province. Block PM 304 started as a small field development with first production from the Cendor field back in 2006,” said Petronas senior vice president of Malaysia Petroleum Management Mohamed Firouz Asnan.

“However, the total oil-in-place volume grew through continuous efforts in appraising the block’s potential, which turned out to be large.

Monetise remaining resources

“Known for its light and sweet quality, Cendor crude was billed as the most expensive in the world at one time. With the success of East Cendor, more active development activities are expected in the future to monetise the large remaining resources within Block PM 304.”

Partners in the Block PM 304 production sharing contract, which is located around 140 kilometre offshore Peninsular Malaysia, are operator Petrofac, Kufpec and Petronas Carigali.

“We would like to congratulate Petrofac and its partners for their successful delivery of the project despite the Covid-19 pandemic and volatile market conditions. This success is a testament of the close collaboration among all the parties, including the local Malaysian fabricator and service providers, who have stepped up to the challenge of these unprecedented times,” Mohamed Firouz added.