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Total E&P announces successful startup of Bekapai 2B project in Mahakam Block

JAKARTA ( – Total E&P Indonesie, a wholly owned subsidiary of French giant oil and gas company Total S.A., announced a successful startup of Bekapai Phase 2 B project within Mahakam Block.

“The whole activities, starting from procurement of goods and services, engineering, fabrication, installation, pre-commissioning, commissioning as well as start-up, have gone ahead really safe, without lost time of injuries (LTI) or zero LTI,” President and General manager of Total E&P Indonesie Hardy Pramono said.

The project reached a significant milestone following the operation of the 12-inches pipeline along 12.6 km from BA platform (in Bekapai) to SWP-K platform in Peciko field.

He said the start-up of the project begins one week ahead of schedule (ready for Start Up/RSFU), that is on August 1, 2015, as set in the approval of FID (final investment decision). The company also managed to save cost of US$10 million (more than Rp130 billion).

The new pipeline eases the burden of existing 12-inches pipeline. The new pipeline will have capacity to deliver 60 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of gas. With the operational of the new pipeline, the gas production of Bekapai field increases to 49 MMSCFD since July 29, 205 and expected to further increase to 75 MMSCFD after well service is completed.

“The achievement (successful start-up) was recorded thanks to the cooperation, professionalism and hard work of all related parties,” Pramono said.

Block Mahakam is operated by Total E&P Indonesie with 50 percent interest. The remaining interest is owned by Inpex Corp of Japan as non-operating partner. Total’s right to operate the block will expire at end 2017. The operatorship will then be handed to Pertamina, while Total E&P’s interest will reduce. The deal of working interest post 2017 is being finalized. (*)

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