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    Indonesia approves CCUS plan at Tangguh LNG


The Vorwata CCUS development will see approximately 25mn metric tons of CO2 injected back to the Vorwata reservoir.

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Indonesia approves CCUS plan at Tangguh LNG

Indonesia’s upstream regulator SKKMigas has approved the plan of development for Ubadari field and Vorwata carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) at BP-operated Tangguh LNG project in Papua Barat, the Japanese partners in the project said in a joint statement issued on August 30.

The new development estimates a potential additional recovery of 1.3 trillion ft3 of gas, from both Ubadari and Vorwata field. Ubadari field development is fast-tracked as a result of the successful appraisal programme and will be produced via normally unmanned installations connected to offshore pipeline to Tangguh facility, they said.


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Meanwhile, the Vorwata CCUS development will see approximately 25mn metric tons of CO2 injected back to the Vorwata reservoir to eliminate carbon venting and provide incremental gas production through enhanced gas recovery, the partners said. The CO2 injection will remove up to 90% of the reservoir-associated CO2, currently representing nearly half of the Tangguh LNG emissions.

The front-end engineering and design for Ubadari field development and Vorwata CCUS will start in mid-2022 subject to Tangguh partners' and further SKK Migas' approval, with an estimated project start up in 2026 subsequent to a final investment decision.

“We will contribute to significantly reduce emission through Tangguh project, in line with the Indonesian government's effort to meet its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) commitment under the Paris Agreement, while serving as a National Strategic Project by the Government of Indonesia,” the partners said.

The Tangguh LNG project is located in Papua Barat province of Indonesia. BP and its affiliates in Indonesia hold a 40.22% interest in the project. Other Tangguh production sharing contract partners are MI Berau B.V. (16.30%), CNOOC (13.90%), Nippon Oil Exploration (12.23%), KG Berau Petroleum (8.56%), Indonesia Natural Gas Resources Muturi Inc. (7.35%) and KG Wiriagar Petroleum (1.44%).

Tangguh is currently the largest gas producing field in Indonesia with 1.4 billion ft3/day of gas production through two LNG trains and will reach 2.1bn ft3/day once Train 3, currently under construction, is online.