The Timi Gas Field will have a new unmanned wellhead platform. In picture, a North Sea offshore platform. (Credit: Stuart Conway/ Photographic Services, Shell International Limited)
The EPC works were completed by Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation at its Demak Fabrication Dockyard. (Credit: Brooke Dockyard)
The unmanned wellhead platform will be tied back to F23 platform by 80km long pipeline. (Credit: Jeff Warren/ Flickr)

Timi is an offshore sweet gas field development project currently in development off the coast of Sarawak, Malaysia.

It is located at around 252km north-west of Bintulu, Sarawak and 202km north-west from Miri, Sarawak in Malaysia.

The field was discovered in the year 2018 and is being developed as part of the production sharing contract (PSC) for Block SK-318.

Sarawak Shell Berhad (SSB), a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell, is the operator with 75% holding. The other partners are PETRONAS Carigali (15%) and Brunei Energy Exploration (10%).

On 30 August 2021, the partners took the final investment decision (FID) on the Timi Gas Field Development Project.

As part of Shell’s sustainability efforts, Timi will be powered by a solar and wind hybrid renewable power system instead of conventional systems that use hydrocarbons to generate power.

Project Details

The Timi project will include an unmanned wellhead platform (WHP), the drilling of two wells and a pipeline tie-in to the Shell-operated F23 production hub.

The WHP will be SSB’s first wellhead platform in Malaysia to be powered by a solar and wind hybrid renewable power system. It will be also 60% lighter than a conventional Tender Assisted Drilling (TAD) wellhead platform.

An 80km long pipeline will connect the WHP with the existing F23 hub platform.

The development is designed to support up to 50,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d) of production at peak. It is also expected to support the future growth in the Central Luconia off the coast of Sarawak.

Contractor involved

On 13 August 2021, the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract of fixed offshore structure works for the Timi Gas Development Project was awarded to Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corporation by SSB via a competitive bidding process.

The company announced the mechanical completion of the works at Brooke Dockyard’s Demak Fabrication Yard on 1 October 2022.

The topsides and substructure for the project were fabricated at Brooke Dockyard’s Sejingkat and Demak Fabrication Yards.

The Timi substructure has a length of 150m with a total tonnage of 3,222 metric tonnes (MT).

Brooke Dockyard completed building the entity in nine months of the contractual period. According to the company, the Timi Substructure is also the longest and heaviest substructure that has ever been fabricated by Brooke Dockyard.

As of October 2022, Brooke Dockyard was associated with 48 oil and gas projects delivering 24 offshore modules, four living quarters, 19 offshore substructures, one subsea manifold template and two rejuvenation prefabrication works.

The combined steel tonnage of the deliveries stands at 41,510MT.

Shell’s climate target

Shell aims to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050. It also aims to trim absolute emissions by 50% of 2016 levels by 2030.

The adoption of a solar and wind hybrid power generation system for Timi gas field development is aligned with the company’s climate target.

Apart from advancing with competitive and carbon resilient upstream investments, Shell Malaysia is also increasing investment in lower carbon energy solutions.

Shell’s other projects in Malaysia

With a 75% stake holding, Shell is the operator of Block SK-318 PSC. The block hosts Rosmari, Marjoram and Timi fields.

The Rosmari-Marjoram development, the FID of which was taken in September 2022, represents the first phase of the Sarawak Integrated Sour Gas Evacuation System (SISGES) development.

The Rosmari-Marjoram deep-water sour gas project is expected to begin production in 2026.