Brunei Darussalam is known for its huge oil and gas reserves that have fueled the country`s economy over the past 85 years. Exploration began in 1899 with the first well-drilled receptive near the town of Brunei, now known as Bandar Seri Begawan. The craze was great and six companies participated in the search for oil, including Royal Dutch Shell, which resumed operations in 1913 after the discovery of the Miri field in Sarawak, Malaysia. By 1918, all other companies had withdrawn, with the exception of Royal Dutch Shell, which continued to search for Labi, Belait, in 1924, and found some accumulation of oil and gas. The discovery was too small to be commercialized. In 1925, the research moved to the Seria Coastal Strip, Belait in the west of the state, and it was in 1929 that the first commercial foundation in Seria, Belait in 1929, was made by the British Malayan Petroleum Company, owned by Royal Dutch Shell, which was the forerunner of the present-day Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP). For a long time, this Seria onshore oil lie was Brunei Darussalam`s only production field, although 48 exploratory drillings were carried out between 1914 and 1960. It was developed in 1940 and production had increased to 17,000 barrels per day. Despite the extensive damage to the fields during the Second World War, post-war production peaked at 15,000 barrels per day. With new standards in engineering technology, Brunei LNG has proven that large quantities of gas can be liquefied and shipped over long distances and become a model for similar projects around the world. In 1969, a large discovery was discovered in the Fairley field, near Ampa, and in 1970, Champion was discovered about 70 kilometres northeast of Seria.
Two other oil deposits were discovered, namely the Pie, found in 1975 and Rasau in 1979. These new oil deposits have increased production to 250,000 barrels per day. Send your data for more information about this report. Oil price crash – after the dramatic events of the 1st H1 2020 that led to the fall in oil prices, we changed our outlook for Brunei`s future… This report contains 28 images and paintings, including: the breakthrough occurred in the 1960s, when technological advances allowed exploration at sea and the South West Ampa field was discovered in 1963, thirteen kilometres off Kuala Belait. It was the discovery of the South West Ampa gas field that triggered plans for the Brunei LNG installation project. The Brunei LNG plant was commissioned in 1972 as one of the world`s first major liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities on the Brunei Darussalam coast. The offshore and onshore field The most productive offshore field is champion, which is 30 meters high water about 70 kilometers northeast of Seria. It holds 40 percent of the country`s known reserves and produces about 100,000 barrels per day. The field has already drilled more than 260 wells from 40 platforms. A central land complex, Champion-7, has housing for approximately 160 people, gas lift and compression facilities, and water injection facilities.
The oldest field off the coast is South West Ampa, 13 kilometres from Kuala Belait. Its reservoirs hold more than half of Brunei Darussalam`s total gas and gas reserves and account for 60% of the company`s total production. Gas from its 56 gas wells is transported 39 kilometres to the Brunei LNG plant in Lumut. South West Ampa also has large oil reserves with 164 oil wells. Near Ampa are the Fairley and Gannet fields, which produce both oil and gas. Fairley has 29 oil wells and 22 gas wells. The other large offshore file is Magpie, 60 kilometres northeast of Seria, which has been produced since 1977. Production is maintained at about 6000 barrels per day on the 32 wells drilled from three platforms. GNP also has a share in the production of the Fairley-Baram field, which covers the border with Sarawak. In January 1992, the seventh BSP field was commissioned at Iron Duke, 13 kilometres southwest of Champion.