Conoco has inaugurated its technologically-advanced moveable offshore gas production unit, or MOgPU, for use in the company's Indonesia West Natuna Sea Block B fields.
The MOgPU was built by Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, Korea, with the inauguration marking the completion of construction.
The unit sailed today for Indonesia, slated to arrive in early April in the West Natuna Sea, where it will begin its field commissioning phase.
The MOgPU, named "Hang Tuah" after a legendary 14th century Indonesian Admiral known for his adventurism and bravery, was developed after Conoco led negotiations to bring about the first export sale of pipeline gas from Indonesia to Singapore.
The agreement, signed in early 1999, culminated two years of planning to develop a project capable of delivering 325 million cubic feet of natural gas per day from Indonesia's West Natuna Sea to Singapore.
First gas, scheduled for July 2001, will be piped to Singapore via the 400-mile-long West Natuna Transportation System (WNTS), one of the world's longest subsea pipelines.
The WNTS is a joint venture between Conoco Indonesia Inc. Ltd., (operator of the pipeline), Premier Oil, and Gulf Indonesia Resources, in support of Pertamina, Indonesia's state-owned oil company.
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