Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production Public Co. Ltd. (PTTEP) held a sail away ceremony for Zawtika Processing and Living Quarters Platform (ZPQ) on 5 October 2013 in Singapore. After the ceremony, the ZPQ sailed away from SMOE Pte. Ltd.’s construction yard to its destination at the Zawtika field in the Gulf of Mottama, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Upon completion, it is expected to produce natural gas and supply to Myanmar and Thailand.
ZPQ is an integrated platform which combined both natural gas processing facilities and living quarters into a single platform. Its topside weighs 16,500tonne and was designed and constructed over a period of 28 months. In addition, ZPQ has already achieved a remarkable 9,500,000 man-hours without any lost time incident (LTI).
Dr. Norkun Sitthiphong said “Zawtika Project is very important, not just in terms of its scale, by being one of the largest developments in the South East Asia, but also because of the boost it will provide to the domestic gas production at a time of economic growth and the increasing energy demand in both Myanmar and Thailand.”
First gas of the Zawtika Project is expected by the end of 2013 with targeted production rate of 345 MMSCFD of natural gas.
The Zawtika Project is approximately 300km south of Yangon and 290km west of Tavoy (Dawei), Myanmar. PTTEP International Limited (PTTEPI), a subsidiary company of PTTEP, is the operator with 80% interest, and joint-venture partner, Myanma Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), has 20% interest. Development phase 1A consists of ZPQ, three wellhead platforms, intra-field sealines, offshore and onshore gas export pipeline to connect to the PTT gas pipeline at Ban-I-Tong, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand-Myanmar border.