Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia comprises Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Brunei, Philippines, Malaysia-Thailand JDA, Cambodia and Laos, with levels of upstream activity in approximately that order. The region hosts an OPEC member, Indonesia, who re-joined the oil cartel in October 2015. Key basins are mostly at a mature exploration stage. Remaining frontier basins still offer exploration opportunities but these have higher sub-surface risks. Myanmar took a major step in 2011, changing in political climate and inadvertently opening up opportunities to foreign investment.

Southeast Asia
Regional Highlights

Southeast Asia Editorial Achievements - 2016

The Southeast Asia regional team is based in Singapore and combines upstream industry experience from Chevron, Marathon, Petronas Carigali and Shell. Improvements in our coverage of exploration drilling, seismic survey, contract, field development and production activities have been sustained. The team continued to actively engage customers with over 60 site presentations in the region. The team has also sustained visibility and active participation in key industry events. Well-received presentations were made at several IHS organized technical forums.

With companies reducing capital expenditure in 2016, we saw an overall drop in the E&P activities in the region.


New Field Wildcat Drilling, Southeast Asia

Exploration drilling continued its decline due to the low oil price environment coupled with regional exploration results and likewise above-ground issues impacting a few countries (Indonesia and Thailand). High impact exploration wells have likewise been monitored in detail for Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Myanmar.

Seismic survey acquisition likewise declined. Key offshore 3D surveys in Myanmar, which are firm commitments from the recently signed PSCs, were covered in a timely manner. Similarly key surveys in offshore Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines (multi-client) were tracked.

Average discovered volumes remain to be small with potential reserves upgrade in some of the discoveries. Newly discovered resources in the region were dominantly gas, as the majority of oil discoveries were smaller than 5 MMboe recoverable. The top discoveries in 2016 were drilled by POSCO Daewoo and Woodside in offshore Myanmar. These discoveries confirmed the gas potential of the Pliocene turbidite play in deepwater Rakhine Basin. Other mid-sized to small gas discoveries were made by Vietsovpetro in the Nam Con Son Basin and Repsol in Northwest Sabah Province, while PETRONAS MPM made a new oil and gas discovery in an open acreage in offshore Malay Basin.

All bid rounds, block promotion, joint study areas and new contract awards were covered and likewise reported within 1-2 days of announcement and 7 days of database update. In 2016, contract awards further declined and were mostly located in proven basins. PTTEP became a new player in Sarawak with the award of SK-410. In Indonesia, a new shale PSC was awarded in onshore Kalimantan to PT Adaro Energy.

Efforts were also made to improve coverage of asset sales/farm-in opportunities by strengthening links with the industry. Focus was also made to capture key company deals. Streamline, holding and growth strategies were adopted by the players in the region depending on their financial position and portfolio optimization. We saw new players like DYAS, Hibiscus, Mandala, Hyoil and Andalas Energy acquire acreage in the region.

In 2016, several assets were put onstream like Shell’s Malikai field (Malaysia) which produces from a tension leg platform, the first one built in Malaysia. Other key assets put onstream were NC3 (Petronas) in Malaysia, Maharaja Lela South (Total) in Brunei, Thien Ung (Vietsovpetro) in Vietnam, Bangka (Chevron) in Indonesia, Donggi (Pertamina) in Indonesia, Kerendan (Ophir) in Indonesia and Akatara (HExindo) in Indonesia.

More than 120 A0 maps were generated and published in GEPS. All maps utilized new mapping software and followed new mapping standards. Additional maps were generated on activity strategy, energy security and gas opportunity.

Database Enhancements – 2016

  • Basin Monitors – Reed Bank and Mergui Terrace Basin Monitors newly completed and Tatau Province, Rakhine, Malay, West Natuna, Nam Con Son, East Natuna and West Luconia Basin Monitors completely reviewed
  • Giant Fields – Completed 2 Giant (2P EUR >=500MMboe) Field Reviews which included a full revision of remarks, reserves, development, production volumes and IOR/EOR techniques
  • Indonesia – Updated 26,000 wells with improved datum information, now more than 95% Indonesia wells have reliable/assumed datum
  • Philippines – Updated datum in 65 wells
  • Indonesia – Entered 1 new contract, awarded as result of the First Unconventional Oil & Gas Bid Round 2015 one day after the official announcement
  • South East Asia – Updated 23 block outlines updated with official and accurate coordinates
  • South East Asia – Updated 430 blocks with total area re-calculated and updated
  • Philippines – Updated 34 contracts with Oil & Gas Production bonus payment
  • South East Asia – Updated 50 contracts with terms execution
  • South East Asia – Final content updated in 122 development wells and status updated in 153 development wells, with a further 35 wells entered in 6 fields
  • Thailand – Updated 138 development well locations and 12 platforms in the Bongkot and Arthit fields
  • Bid Rounds – 100% success tracking 2016 bid round opportunities in Indonesia and Malaysia. While little information is available ahead of time, the GEPS team managed to gather and summarize potential blocks to be offered in the upcoming round. Open blocks are updated as well in the database

For information relating to data improvements in 2015, download our Southeast Asia Data Enhancements 2015 Summary

Regional Team
Antoni Dimabuyu

Antonio Dimabuyu

Senior Director, Asia Pacific Upstream

Antonio is the Director for our Far East region. He has more than 14 years’ experience in the upstream energy industry and can be contacted via email.

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