IPTC Excellence in Project Integration Award

As the upstream oil and gas industry moves towards increasingly complex and capital intensive projects, conventional practices must be challenged. It is critical that lessons are shared from successfully integrated project that embody excellence. The IPTC committees and sponsoring societies believe in highlighting projects above US$500 million that have demonstrated distinction throughout the entire exploration to production value chain.

The IPTC Excellence in Project Integration Award is given to a project that adds value to the industry and exemplifies strong teamwork, solid geoscience knowledge, reservoir and production engineering acumen, determined and watchful construction, and outstanding facilities engineering practices. Equally important, successful projects require a pervasive culture of HSE, and a positive impact on the country, the region and the world.

16 nominations from 12 organisations representing 7 countries were received to be considered for the 11th IPTC Excellence in Project Integration Award. The finalists and winner will be recognised at the Opening Ceremony scheduled 0900 hours on Tuesday, 26 March.

Each finalist will also present the details of their project and answer audience questions in special 90-minute sessions on Wednesday, 27 March.


The selected finalist projects, in alphabetical order, are:




0900-1030 hours | Wednesday, 27 March | Room 307, Level 3

Malikai is a deepwater oil discovery for Shell, located offshore Sabah, Malaysia. The field is operated by Shell (35% share) with co-ventures ConocoPhillips (35%) and PETRONAS Carigali (30%).

The appraisal results indicated significant compartmentalization. A lack of upside volumes could not support a standalone deepwater production hub. The venture team reconsidered alternative concepts, and eventually landed on a viable development concept through synergies with its Partners, developing Malikai as a tieback to the proposed Kebabangan development. Malikai is a marginal field, and therefore, the emphasis on cost reduction and cost containment is imperative.

The Malikai project comprises of the development of an offshore deepwater production facility and flowlines to the Kebabangan platform. A tension leg platform (TLP), a first for Malaysia and for Shell outside the Gulf of Mexico, is installed over the Malikai field. Unlike other TLPs in the GoM where drilling is done with a permanent rig on the TLP, drilling for Malikai was with a tender assisted drilling (TAD) rig, introducing the novelty of coupling two floating bodies.

The Shell Malikai Project Team fulfilled the project promises by successfully delivering the project safely, with no quality issues, on track per promise and significantly under budget.




1100-1230 | Wednesday, 27 March | Room 307, Level 3

Off the North East Coast of Saudi Arabia lies one of the world’s biggest oilfields called Manifa. Hidden beneath the surface of Manifa is a delicate habitat of sea grass and coral reef. The development of Manifa field by preserving fragile marine environment has been one of the biggest engineering projects in history. In a ground breaking design, 27 man-made islands were constructed connected with 41 km of causeway.  Over 4 million man hours were spent on the detailed design phase alone. Extended reach wells were drilled to tap into reserves at extreme distances from wells on the surface. Production targets were achieved ahead of schedule without compromising safety or the environment. With the successful development of Manifa, Saudi Arabia’s position as the world’s premier oil producer is ensured well into the future and some of the Kingdom’s most precious habitat has been preserved for generations to come.

1400-1530 | Wednesday, 27 March | Room 307, Level 3

Moho Nord is located deep offshore 75 kilometers from the coast in the Republic of the Congo. Operated by Total, with partners Chevron and SNPC, the project is the biggest oil development to date in the Republic of the Congo.

The Moho Nord field is developed through 17 wells tied back to Likouf, a new Floating Production Unit, and 17 wells on a new Tension Leg Platform, the first for Total in Africa.  The oil is processed on Likouf with a production capacity of 100,000 boepd and then exported by pipeline to the Djeno onshore terminal. The facilities are designed to minimize their environmental footprint: no routine flaring, an all-electric design to improve energy efficiency, and produced water re-injection into the reservoir.  

The project also includes upgrades to existing facilities on the FPU Alima to add 40,000 boepd from 11 new wells.

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