Kutubu Oil Field

Summary Information

  • Operator: Oil Search
  • Country: Papua New Guinea
  • Location: Southern highlands
  • Production start: 1992
  • Partners:
  • Type: Oil
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The Kutubu Oil Project, which was Papua New Guinea's first commercial oilfield development, is located in the southern highlands of Papua New Guinea
  • The Kutubu development comprises a network of wells that produce oil from the Iagifu-Hedinia, Usano and Agogo fields, a gathering system and on-site processing facilities (the Agogo and Central Processing Facilities) and supporting infrastructure, as well as a 265 kilometre export pipeline to the coast and a marine loading terminal in the Gulf of Papua
  • The Kutubu crude oil is a light, sweet 45 degree API oil and is sold as part of the "Kutubu Blend" together with Moran and Gobe crudes


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  • 1986 - Oil was first discovered at Kutubu
  • 1992 - Commercial production commenced
  • 1998 - BP sells its share of the field to Oil Search
  • 2003 - Oil Search acquires Chevron's share


  • The main reserves are contained within high permeability oil rims in the Toro and Digimu sandstones with smaller volumes in the Iagifu and Hedinia reservoirs


  1. Oil Search, Kutubu
  2. BP Sells Papua New Guinea Assets for $400 Million
  3. OIL SEARCH LIMITED Acquires ChevronTexaco’s Interests in Papua New Guinea

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