SPE Workshop: Exploration and Production Potentials of Myanmar - Frontier Deepwater and Rejuvenation of Offshore and Onshore Projects 25 - 26 Nov 2019 Yangon, Myanmar


Monday, November 25

08:00 - 08:50
08:50 - 09:00
09:00 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 12:30
Session 2: Applicable Rules and Regulations in Myanmar Offshore Blocks
Session Chairpersons Aung Kyaw Min, Schlumberger

Myanmar has been a gas exporter for the past two decades with four major producing fields, namely Yetagun, Yadana, Zawtika and Shwe, where some have either started or expected to decline soon. Considering that only 57% of population have access to the electricity grid, the country needs to find more gas reserves to cope with the demand for electricity, and to compensate for the decline in production.


As such, Myanma Oil & Gas Enterprise (MOGE) is planning to launch a new PSC round for 33 onshore and offshore blocks with improved terms to attract investors. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC) has established stringent Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) guidelines as part of effort to address the HSE and Social Responsibility aspects of the expansion. At the same time, the government has also drafted a new Petroleum Law which is being reviewed in the Parliament to be enacted soon.


This session will discuss the following topics and will review what the future may hold for industry players from a regulatory standpoint:


  • Launch of new bidding round with improved PSC terms
  • Environmental and social perspectives
  • New Petroleum Law and its implication for future businesses in Myanmar
  • The role of local service providers and development of local content
12:30 - 13:30
13:30 - 15:30
Session 3: Global view on Logistic Chains within Myanmar Offshore Areas
Session Chairpersons David Moon, Woodside; Syazwan A Ghani, PETRONAS

Successfully constructing offshore wells in Myanmar requires delivering materials and services across a long supply chain from throughout  Asia to the offshore rig sites in Myanmar. The ability to deliver to the rig in a timely and cost-effective manner is critical to avoid standby costs and project delays. Historically, materials and equipment have been sourced from countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan using supply bases such as Jurong in Singapore and Ranong in Thailand. Operators have developed logistic models to manage this supply chain, and as the offshore business grows in Myanmar, the opportunity may exist to develop a local supply base and shorten the supply chain further. With Myanmar leaning towards developing a custom bonded warehouse area, which is specifically designed to support the industry, the global view of the supply chain landscape for the existing Operator’s logistics model wll change. This session will review current practices and take a look at what the future might bring:


  • Supply base management of offshore projects (such as Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar)
  • Myanmar logistics management from service company and supply base operator’s perspective
  • Import and export requirements on material planning
15:30 - 15:45
15:45 - 17:45
Session 4: Subsurface Challenges/Best Practices/Approaches
Session Chairpersons Jakkarin Iamboon, PTTEP; Shankar Bhukya, NOV

Conventional oil and gas, cheap and easy-to-drill prospects have been tested and developed for decades. Many companies go through hard work to take on the higher risk in exploring and producing oil and gas in challenging environments (deeper water depth, more complex geology and HPHT). Driven by knowledge management, thinking process and technological advancements, we can see a significant increase in the average monthly discovered volumes in 2019, approximately 35% more than the discovery seen in 2018. However, it still remains a challenge in Myanmar as there is a lack of significant discoveries over the years. Thus, this session willdiscuss the geological concepts, best practices and recent technological approaches, starting from the initial stage of geophysical survey toprospect evaluation, risk assessment, decision-making, drilling operation till the final stage of discovery to further complement the exploration and development efforts in Myanmar.

17:45 - 18:45
18:45 - 21:00

Tuesday, November 26

09:00 - 11:00
Session 6: Reviewing Existing Offshore Development Projects and Best Practices, and Sharing of Lessons Learnt
Session Chairpersons Jakkarin Iamboon, PTTEP

To maximise oil and gas production with cost optimisation in mind, knowledge of hydrocarbon resources and understanding of existing infrastructure are essential. Possible play concepts and prospects inventory need to be fully identified to establish multiple development scenarios. Increasing water depths and area accessibility are also considered as major factors of the development concept. This session will focus on sharing participants’ area of expertise, best practices and lesson learnt in offshore development projects such as:


  • Field and surface facility development concepts
  • Economic evaluation
  • Hook-up and commissioning
  • Well drilling and production planning
  • Environmental impact
  • Production life cycle management
  • Decommissioning plan 
11:00 - 11:15
11:15 - 13:15
Session 7: Deepwater Completion and Production Technology Concepts
Session Chairpersons Thant Zin Tun (TZ), Halliburton; Suhaila Wahib, PETRONAS

Deepwater will post challenges on how hydrocarbon can be produced optimally throughout the field life. The logistics of producing hydrocarbons from extreme water depths, complex geological formations, and HPHT environments present considerable technical challenges and risks for operators. We cannot turn away from facing flow assurance, inefficiency of pressure maintenance, reservoir souring, and surveillance requirement. These important points require an integrated evaluation of well completion and production technology concepts to mitigate the challenges in a sustainable and cost-effective way. This session will cover the following topics but is not limited to:


  • Lifting evaluation to sustain production after water breakthrough and reservoir pressure depletion
  • Material selection in view of reservoir souring, water injection quality, injection pressure and contaminants to balance with cost and asset integrity
  • Sand control design for producer and injector in view of uncertainty in well trajectory
  • Equip well design with future surveillance requirement, although deepfdeepwwater subscribe to intervention-less philosophy
  • Risk benefit analysis for deepwater as a choice of field-to-pilot new technology
  • Using non-rotational retrievable packer in drill stem test string for deepwater and HPHT well testing 
  • Deepwater control and monitoring system with intelligent completion, such as Permanent Downhole Gauges (PDGs) and surface controlled reservoir analysis and management system
  • Delivering single trip multi zone sand control gravel pack completion solution in deepwater and ultra-deepwater environments
  • Maximise production from multilateral completion for the lowest cost-per-foot reservoir in deepwater and ultra-deepwater environments
13:15 - 14:15
14:15 - 16:15
Session 8: Well Intervention Techniques
Session Chairpersons Anupong Chailert, BHGE; Aung Min Thein, BHGE

To get your drilling and production programmes back on track fast, ensure your wellbore is clean before installing the completion, limit production downtime and improve reservoir flow with customised conventional or through-tubing remediation and stimulation. And, when the time comes, safely and efficiently plug and abandon your well with confidence. This session will highlight and discuss high-level approaches to well intervention, fit-for-purpose and potential techniques. Various technological adoptions and applications will also be shared and deliberated:


  • Deployment methods
  • Production management and enhancement
  • Data acquisition and logging
  • Operate more efficiently, solve more unforeseen problems with ease
  • Rejuvenate production
  • Reduce risk and non-productive time (NPT)
  • Boost ROI while reducing cost
16:15 - 16:30
16:30 - 17:00