Rise in oil, gas fields entering late life state

There is an increasing number of oil and gas fields entering late life state and even into decommissioning and abandonment phase in Brunei Darussalam and within the region, said Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry (MEMI) Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya.

He made this statement as the guest of honour at the Late Life Field Management and Technology Workshop at the Design and Technology Building, Anggerek Desa yesterday.

He said that as the asset enters its late life phase, industry players and host government must look at several options at reducing and containing operating costs to extend the life of field operations.

With new technologies as enablers, it is hoped that the potential gains and successes from efficient and effective asset management from the current activities can be optimised and maximised, Haji Azhar added.

On opportunities generated from new technologies and late life field development, Haji Azhar said that it is also MEMI’s responsibility and expectation for local industry players to actively tap into such potentials as well as the decommissioning and abandonment activities which will ensue thereafter.

Guest of honour Permanent Secretary (Energy) at the MEMI Haji Azhar bin Haji Yahya and Norwegian Non-Resident Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Gunn Jorid Roset at the ceremony.

Norwegian Non-Resident Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Gunn Jorid Roset, said the strength of Norway’s petroleum industry has been its focus on innovation and drive to provide world-class technology.

Technological development has been essential to make fields economically viable and active involvement by the authorities working closely with the companies and research institutions has been a key factor. She shared that NORWEP has been present in the region for a long time, and believes that NORWEP’s presence shows a long-term commitment and is a positive contribution to a closer relationship between companies from Brunei Darussalam and Norway.

The workshop was hosted by MEMI, in collaboration with the Norwegian Energy Partners (NORWEP). Norwegian Honorary Consulate in Brunei Darussalam Haji Ahmad bin Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Setia Bakti Diraja Dato Laila Utama Haji Awang Isa was also present.

The workshop served as an opportunity for companies and representatives from agencies to learn more about late life field management and technology from experts from several Norwegian companies.

Norway has come a long way, and is accepted worldwide as the leading force and reference points in many sectors of the oil and gas industry. MEMI also jointly hosted a seminar with Norway in Brunei Darussalam in 2017 focussing on deepwater technology.

Thirteen companies from Norway – Minox Technology, DNV GL, Aker Solutions, Archer, Sulzer and Perigon, participated in the workshop to give more insights and share cutting edge technological advancements developed by their companies in managing the late life phase of oil and gas fields.

Officials from the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA), the Brunei National Petroleum Company (PetroleumBRUNEI), Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP), Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd and 34 other local companies as well as MEMI officials participated.