Momas modon receiving the IEM outstanding engineering achievement award 2017
Momas Modon, Project Manager for Malikai receiving the award from IEM President Ir Tan Yean Chin.

The ‘IEM Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award 2017’, presented to an oil and gas company for the first time in three decades, was awarded to Shell for its Malikai Tension Leg Platform (TLP) Deepwater Project located in Sabah.

The IEM Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award recognises an organisation or body for the engineering achievements within Malaysia. The criteria set is stringent and takes into consideration aspects such as: Contribution to the well-being of people and communities, resourcefulness in planning, creativity in the solution of design problems, pioneering use of materials and methods, innovations in planning, design and construction, and any other unusual aspects and aesthetics values.

The Malikai project is the first deep-water TLP in Malaysia and the first Shell TLP outside of the US Gulf of Mexico. It includes a number of innovative deep-water technologies to unlock deep-water resources safely and efficiently. Malikai features a cost-effective platform design and a unique, industry-first set of risers, or pipes that connect the platform to the wells for oil production, which required fewer drilling materials and lower costs.

“More than just a mega-structure of ‘firsts’, Malikai brought capability development and contributed significantly to the national agenda of local content. The platform construction has generated new jobs and business, with much of the work being carried out in Malaysia,” said Ir Tan Yean Chin, IEM President.

“Most importantly, the Malikai project is designed in Malaysia, built by Malaysian fabricators and operated by Malaysians. It supports the country’s aspiration to be a hub for deep-water oil and gas within the region, bringing significant technology into Malaysia to nurture and develop local capability and capacity,” said Datuk Iain Lo, Chairman of Shell Companies in Malaysia.

Receiving the award is Momas Modon, a Sarawakian, who is Project Manager for Malikai: “The safe and successful start-up of Malikai in December 2016 is a highpoint for us. This highest engineering recognition honours the many engineers and workers within the Malikai Project Team from Shell, partners, contractors and subcontractors who have shown remarkable creativity, resilience and the greatest level of professionalism in delivering this historic project.”

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Notes to Editor:

  • The Malikai project is a joint venture between Shell (35%, operator), ConocoPhillips Sabah Ltd (35%) and PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd (30%).
  • It is Shell’s second deep-water project in Malaysia, following the successful start-up of the Gumusut-Kakap platform in 2014.
  • Malikai is expected to have a peak production of 60,000 barrels per day.
  • Malikai employs a tension leg platform (TLP), a vertically floating structure moored by groups of tethers (tendons) at each corner. The groups of tendons are held upright in tension, giving the platform its name.
  • Production wellheads on deck (connected directly to the subsea wells by rigid risers), instead of on the seafloor, allows simpler well completion and gives better control over the production from the reservoir, and easier access for downhole intervention operations.
  • Malikai has a number of advanced deep-water technologies to unlock deep-water resources safely and efficiently:
  1. A fit-for purpose riserless vessel to perform top hole operations, ahead of TLP installation
  2. Shell's first TLP coupled with a tender assisted drilling (TAD) rig
  3. Application of the mud recovery without riser technology on a dynamically positioned vessel.
  • Oil and gas are sent 50km to the Kebabangan Oil Hub for processing before evacuation to onshore Sabah Oil & Gas Terminal.

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