Next month Italy’s Eni (BIT:ENI) will attempt to fix technical glitches that have forced a partial shutdown of its Merakes deep-water field offshore Indonesia.
An intervention vessel is due to arrive at the field in the East Sepinggan production-sharing contract (PSC) mid-December to replace the flow module at the Merakes-7 well that was shut down in October after sand blocked the choke valve, an industry source told Energy Voice.
The repairs should take about seven days to complete and should enable the well to start producing again in January, all going well, added the source.
The outage has triggered a production loss of about 60 million cubic feet per day, according to Indonesian upstream regulator SKK Migas.
The other four wells at the Merakes field are operating normally, with a current production of over 360 million cubic feet per day, Eni said in late October.
The Eni-led Merakes deep-water development in the East Sepinggan block offshore Indonesia started gas production in the Kutei basin in April this year.
Eni said in April that the five deep-water subsea wells will guarantee a production capacity of 450 million cubic feet per day of gas – equivalent to 85,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.
Eni operates the East Sepinggan block with a 65% share on behalf of partners Neptune Energy (20%) and Indonesia’s Pertamina (15%).