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Change of ownership of IDD projects must be completed this year

 

The Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities (SKK Migas) stated that the change in ownership of Participating Shares (participating interest / PI) for the Indonesia Deepwater Development (IDD) project must be completed this year. Otherwise, the deep-sea gas project will not start immediately.

Dwi Soetjipto

Head of SKK Migas Dwi Soetjipto said that Chevron Indonesia as the operator of the IDD Project is still looking for an oil and gas company to work on the project. If indeed there will be a change in PI ownership, his party emphasizes that it can be completed this year. Because if it takes too long the IDD project may not be developed immediately.

“Actually, the real timeline [change of PI owner] depends on the deal. But I want to be this year. If it doesn't start immediately, the project won't take place, ”he said.

the IDD project  by Chevron

According to him, the urgency of completing the change in shareholders in the IDD Project is different from the Abadi LNG Project, the Masela Block. 

the Masela Block.

    This is because until now, the revised Plan of Development / PoD for the IDD project has not yet been completed. So that if the change of PI owner is not completed immediately, the project cannot operate.

Regarding the opportunity for ENI to replace Chevron, Dwi explained that the Italian oil and gas company currently also holds shares in the IDD Project. Not only that, but ENI also manages two oil and gas projects which are located adjacent to the Chevron project. Even ENI already has production facilities because the project has been operating since 2017.

Chevron

"Apart from the agreement between the two parties, ENI has a good positioning to be able to develop the IDD project. ENI has facilities and can be integrated, and if possible, the investment can be reduced so that the economy is better, "he explained.

However, the government is not in a position to suggest who will replace Chevron in the IDD Project. The government will look at who will enter and consider the experiences of oil and gas companies wishing to enter the gas project in the Makassar Strait.

"So our consideration is for this project to start, be able to produce, and become the supporting capacity to achieve the target of 1 million barrels per day (bpd)," said Dwi.

On the other hand, he said the government supports the extension of the Production Sharing Contract / PSC block of oil and gas that is included in the IDD Project, namely the Meeting oil and gas block and the Ganal oil and gas block. 

    This is because the Rapak oil and gas block contract will expire in 2027 and the Ganal oil and gas block will be completed in 2028. Without the extension, he admits that oil and gas companies will find it difficult to develop the IDD project.

"Although later asking for approval from the government regarding the extension of the PSC. But the government will support the extension if the contractor is serious about carrying out the project, "he said.

In the IDD Project, Chevron is the operator and majority shareholder of 63%. Chevron is working on this deep-sea oil and gas project with other joint venture partners, namely Eni, Tip Top, PT Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE), and partners in Muara Bakau.

Referring to SKK Migas data, until last June, the IDD Project was still in the process of evaluating the approval of the POD revision. In addition, this project is still in the process of evaluating the proposed extension of the Rapak and Ganal Block PSCs.

The IDD project combines two oil and gas fields, namely Gendalo Field, Ganal Block, and Gehem, Rapak Block. Still based on SKK Migas data, this project is targeted to reach a peak gas production of 844 million standard cubic feet per day / MMscfd and 27 thousand BPD of oil. The US $ 6.98 billion projects is planned to start operating in the fourth quarter of 2025.

Investor Daily, Page-10, Tuesday, August 11, 2020

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