Onshore oil operations need more power
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
BRUNEI’S power demand for onshore oil operations such as its refineries, crude oil terminals and pumping stations is set to increase by more than 50 per cent in the next 10 years due to the commitment to meet production targets.
In the Energy White Paper published earlier this year, the government said it planned to increase oil production from 372,000 barrels of oil per day in 2013 to 430,000 by 2017 and 650,000 by 2035.
The government also hopes to promote the development of downstream oil and gas projects and raise revenue from $300 million a year in 2010 to $3 billion in 2017 and $5 billion in 2035.
According to a presentation by Lee Nyuk Shan, electrical engineer and a representative of Petrokon Utama Sdn Bhd, on Sunday, she said the present electric power for entire onshore operations in Brunei is being supplied from Government Electric Utility (at Lumut power station) through the main intake substation located in Seria.
The substation in Seria receives electric power at 66kV through two transmission lines and it is distributed to various oil and gas facilities. However, the equipment in the Seria substation has been operating since 1985, said Shan. “As a result, reliability of some of the equipment is reduced which has affected overall power availability of the main intake substation,” she said.
The Brunei Times