THE MANORA oil development in the Northern Gulf of Thailand remains on track for first production in the third quarter of 2014, following completion of the platform installation which represents the final major step in the construction phase.

Tap Oil, which has a 30 per cent interest in the project, said phase two of the offshore installation program was effectively complete, following the loadout and installation of the platform topsides. Welding of the topsides to the jacket was also progressing.

The platform topsides were loaded out from the Sattahip yard on 2 July and transported to the Manora development location for installation.

The platform topsides were then successfully installed and secured on the previously installed jacket on 7 July.

Final hook-up and commissioning work will proceed prior to the arrival of the Atwood Orca jack up drilling rig in mid-August for the planned start of drilling the ten production and five injection wells.

Arrival of the FSO is planned for late July, which will then be connected to the previously installed CALM Buoy and subsea flow lines.

Following completion of the offshore hook-up and commissioning, installation of the FSO, and drilling of the first two production wells, production is expected to commence in late September.

The loadout, transportation and installation of the topsides were completed safely and within budget.

Mubadala Petroleum is the operator of the Manora joint venture.