The Ministry of Energy conducted an offshore working visit to Tali Oil Field aboard the PTAS Sdn. Bhd. 8 Amanah vessel on Wednesday, 16 December 2020 as part of a series of regulatory inspections on national energy assets.
Present during the visit were Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Dr. Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Md. Hussein, Minister of Energy; YM Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw, Deputy Minister of Energy and YM Pengiran Haji Jamra Weira bin Pengiran Haji Petra, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy along with officers and staffs from the Ministry of Energy; Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA); the Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam; and Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn. Bhd. (BSP).
The Tali Oil Field is a shallow water oil field located 2 to 3km from the shoreline. YB Minister of Energy led the Tali Oil Field's implementation team during his past career with BSP in the 1970s. The offshore installations began in the 1950s with the field's 1st production in 1959. There are 38 wells, 21 platforms and 63 pipelines in place, which have collectively contributed to around 50 years of oil production. The Tali Oil Field has reached its end of field life in the hydrocarbon lifecycle, whereby the oil field will be undergoing a decommissioning and restoration (D&R) phase. Other oil fields located further offshore have since been discovered as technology continued to advance, contributing to national oil and gas production.
As per standard operating procedure, BSP has conducted a 'Make It Safe' programme prior to the D&R of the Tali Oil Field. The 'Make It Safe' programme ensures the wells, platforms and pipelines can be dismantled and removed in a safe and environmentally-responsible manner for the D&R activity.
The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam oversee the whole lifecycle of oil and gas assets, including cessation of production or operation leading to D&R activities. Notably, D&R activities also offer spin-off opportunities for service companies involved in waste management, logistics, dismantling and repurposing of the wells, platforms and pipelines.