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First Quarter, Pertamina Oil and Gas Production Increases Slightly



PT Pertamina (Persero) recorded oil and gas production until the first quarter of this year of 919 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (barrel oil equivalent per day / boepd), up slightly compared to the realization of the same period last year of 901 thousand boepd. This year, Pertamina targets oil and gas production of 923 thousand boepd.

Pertamina Upstream Director Dharmawan Samsu said oil and gas production in the first quarter of 2020 was recorded at 919 thousand boepd, an increase of 2% compared to last year's average production. Specifically, oil production averaged 421 thousand Barrels Per Day (BPD), while gas production averaged 2,887 million standard cubic feet per day / mmscfd.

"By adjusting work systems and personnel to anticipate the Covid-19 pandemic, Pertamina is still working to keep oil and gas production in line with the targets in the RKAP (work plan and company budget). Until now, it has reached 99% of the target, "he said.

Dharmawan added, the positive performance of the company's oil and gas fields abroad. Pertamina's subsidiary, PT Pertamina International EP (PIEP) managed to contribute oil and gas production by 156 thousand boepd or 103% of the target for the first three months of 2020.

"The increase in production is mainly from field performance in Algeria," he added.

This year, Pertamina set oil and gas production targets of 923 thousand boepd which consisted of oil production of 430 thousand BPD and 2,857 gas mmscfd. When compared with this year's target, the company's oil production realization of 421 thousand BPD was only 97.9 percent of the target. While Pertamina's gas production is around 1% above the target. Dharmawan admitted that the 923 thousand boepd target was very challenging. To ensure oil and gas production targets can be achieved, he will ensure the drilling plan is carried out according to schedule.

"The production target of 923 thousand boepd is very heavy, because we have to make sure that drilling cannot be late," he said.

Pertamina's oil and gas production this year is planned to be obtained from the contribution of oil and gas production from Pertamina's upstream operations in the country amounting to 765 thousand boepd and 158 thousand boepd abroad. From foreign assets, oil production is targeted to increase slightly from 105 thousand BPD to 107 thousand BPD, and gas production will increase from 276 mmscfd to 298 mmscfd. While from the domestic oil and gas block, oil production is targeted at 323 thousand BPD 2,559 mmscfd gas.

For information, the company's oil and gas block assets in the country are managed through its subsidiaries, PT Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE), PT Pertamina Hulu Indonesia (PHI), PT Pertamina EP, and PT Pertamina EP Cepu (PEPC). PHE targets oil production of 84 thousand BPD and 822 mmscfd of gas. While Pertamina EP set a target of oil production of 85 thousand BPD and 965 mmscfd of gas.


PHE plans a number of activities to achieve this year's target, namely drilling 51 development wells and 6 exploration wells, as well 50 wells. While Pertamina EP will drill 108 development wells and 10 exploration wells in 2020.

Anticipate a Global Situation

To anticipate the impact of the decline in world crude oil prices coupled with the Covid-19 pandemic, Dharmawan said, Pertamina take anticipatory steps by implementing a business continuity plan while continuing to conduct in-depth evaluations for prioritizing work plans, operating costs, and investments. This is in line with corporate policies to optimize financing.

"Pertamina continues to maintain the upstream investment level to meet national oil and gas needs, both in production and lifting, but with some adjustments based on priority scale so that the economics of the project can also be achieved," Dharmawan explained.

Pertamina also continues to monitor the development of the global situation, mainly the world price of crude oil, the rupiah exchange rate against the dollar, and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Referring to Pertamina's data, of the total investment budget of the company this year of US $ 7.8 billion, most of it is allocated for upstream oil and gas investment amounting to US $ 3.7 billion. This upstream investment budget is up compared to last year.

ENI Block

Previously, Dharmawan revealed, the increase in upstream investment was partly because the development of the Merakes Field, East Sepinggan Block will begin in 2020. In this block, for information, Pertamina through PHE has a participating interest / PI of 15%. While the operator of this block is ENIENI was approved by the plan of development / POD in April last year.



Under the POD, ENI plans to drill six subsea wells and build an underwater pipeline system that will be connected to the floating production facility / FPU Jangkrik block in Muara Bakau Block. Referring to SKK Migas data, the Merakes Field is targeted to start operating in 2021. The peak of field production is estimated to reach 60,305 boepd.

Investor Daily, Page-9, Wednesday, April 8, 2020

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