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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

SKK Migas Claims Certainty to Chevron

PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia's commitment is not clear in the development of the Phase II IDD Block project in the Gendalo-Gehem Field. In response to this, the Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities (SKK Migas) sent an official letter to Chevron Pacific.

SKK Migas questioned Chevron's commitment to continue the development of the Indonesia Deepwater Development (IDD) Block. Previously, Chevron sent a signal not to continue the development of Phase II of the IDD Block. This is the result of the development of phase II of the IDD Block which is not included in the global portfolio of the US oil and gas company.

the Indonesia Deepwater Development (IDD) Block

The Acting Head of the SKK Migas Program and Communication Division, Susana Kurniasih, claimed that up to now Chevron had never formally submitted the plan to leave the Phase II project IDD Block to SKK Migas.
SKK Migas has actually tried to urge Chevron to provide certainty related to the development of the IDD Block. Last week SKK Migas had written a letter to Chevron asking about the continuation of operations, Susana said.

Indeed SKK Migas still hopes that the IDD Block Phase II development activities will be realized soon, despite the challenges in the upstream oil and gas industry sector lately. PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia's Corporate Communication Manager Sonitha Poernomo was reluctant to comment much regarding the certainty of Chevron's planned exit from the IDD Block II development project.

Sonitha Poernomo

"We are still continuing to coordinate with the government and potential partners to develop IDD development solutions, said Sonitha.

In the IDD project, Chevron acts as the operator and holds a 63% stake or Chevron's participating interest working on the oil and gas project in the deep sea with several partners such as Eni, Tip Top, PT Pertamina Hulu Energi, and Muara Bakau partners. Phase II development of the IDD Block includes the development of the Gendalo Gehem Field with an investment of US $ 12 billion.

Kontan, Page-12, Wednesday, August 5, 2020

EIA Completion of the Abadi Abadi LNG Project begins

After being stopped due to the approval of the Covid-19 pandemic, the process of discussing the Impact of the Environmental Impact (EIA) of the Abadi LNG Project, the Masela Block will start again in the second semester. Not only that, some foreign gas buyers who are interested in taking liquefied natural gas (LNG) produced by this project.

Dwi Soetjipto

SKK Migas Head Dwi Soetjipto said that Inpex Corporation and Shell continue to work on the Abadi LNG Project. At present, EIA approval for this project has been approved. Needed, Inpex as an operator will continue to be completed by Amdal so other processes can be carried out, including land acquisition.

"Inpex can conduct a survey in the second semester, especially for rainy season data. Then [the process] gives an EIA, then other things can be processed. This is a condition for the investor in the execution of the land, which is the EIA, okay, "he said.

The Abadi LNG project

Related to land acquisition, the Governor of Maluku. Murad Ismail is committed to facilitating it. The Abadi LNG project is a large project that submitted its development plan which was witnessed directly by President Joko Widodo so that the local government will support this project. In addition, this project is also intended for the people of Maluku.

"Since all land permits above 5 hectares are ours, I will help and discuss with the regents of Tanimbar and Southwest Maluku," he said.

He decided, his party would strive so that there were no challenges in the acquisition of this land. For example, it has previously provided 27 hectares of land on Nustual Island as the port side of the Abadi LNG Project. 

    The decision was stipulated in the Maluku Governor's Decree No. 96 of 2020 on the 14th of February 2020. Therefore, Murad asked the contractor not to doubt the tolerance of the local government regarding the Abadi LNG Project. Even if there is compensation for land acquisition, it will facilitate so that the amount is not excessive.

"We support that everywhere, we choose adat and deliberation. We will be picky about this land, "he said.

However, to complete the execution of land acquisition depends on Inpex.

"Procurement of land depends on Inpex wanting to be finished anytime. We just wait. It is impossible to finish if there is no support from Inpex, "he added.

Based on SKK Migas data, as of last March, the work on the Environmental Analysis (Amdal) of the Abadi Project has only reached 43.41% of the target of 47.27%. In addition, the auction process for the work of Front End Engineering Design / FEED onshore liquefied natural gas / LNG refinery facilities, floating production and loading and unloading facilities (floating production, storage, and unloading / FPSO), gas pipelines, and umbilical underwater facilities, risers, and flowline (SURF) is still ongoing.

Aside from land, Dwi admitted, the Covid-19 pandemic also considered the sale of LNG from the Abadi LNG Project. Because, for the project to reach a Final Investment Decree / FID, amounting to 80% of the total LNG production target of 9.5 million tons per year, there must be a buyer. So far, PT PLN (Persero) has approved the purchase of LNG of 2-3 million tons per year and PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) 150 million standard cubic feet per day / MMscfd.

"From abroad, there are Japanese, Chinese, and Taiwanese companies that are interested in buying, we immediately receive support," Dwi said.

It was revealed, his side was still hoping that the Abadi LNG Project FID could be accepted in 2022. Before that, along with LNG marketing, the project design work had to be completed.

"From 2022 to 2027, EPC (engineering, procurement, and construction) can continue," he said.

The Abadi Project launches in the second quarter of 2027. The US $ 19.8 billion replacement project undertaken by Inpex Masela Ltd is projected to produce 150 mmscfd of gas piped and in the form of LNG 9.5 million tons per year.

Investor Daily, Page-10, Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Global Oil and Gas Company Tighten the Belt

Concerning a compact global oil and gas company increasing efficiency, matching the weakening world oil prices, oversupply, and weak commodity demand in the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Based on the official report of ExxonMobil Corporation, the company in the second quarter of 2020 cut capital expenditure to the US $ 5.3 billion, lower the US $ 2 billion for capital expenditure in the first quarter / 2020.

This year ExxonMobil cut investment costs from the US $ 33 billion to the US $ 23 billion in accordance with increased efficiency, lower commodity prices, and faster project rates. Not only that, but savings were also made for the company's operational costs which could be increased by 15% because it was approved by the activities and volume reduction.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has an impact on the company's finances and operations which has led to an increase in the cost of capital and operating cash than agreed," as released by the management.

Not much different, Chevron Corporation also decided to be more efficient in overcoming the condition of the upstream oil and gas industry which has not improved. Chevron Corporation CEO Michael K. Wirth said that in response to the severe upstream oil and gas conditions, his side reduced the capital expenditure budget and cut operational costs this year.

Michael K. Wirth

In the second quarter / 2020, Chevron only realized capital expenditure of the US $ 3 billion or 40% below its quarterly budget. For this year, Chevron revised its capital expenditure to purchase the US $ 14 billion. Meanwhile, operating costs in the II / 2020 quarter were realized at a value of US $ 7.1 billion, an increase of 13% compared to the II / 2020 quarter.

"While there are no signs of improvement in demand and commodity prices at pre-pandemic levels, financial results may continue to be depressed until the first quarter of 2020," he explained.

Related to the efficiency efforts, Teaching Staff of Trisakti University Pri Agung Rakhmanto rate, the efficiency assessment conducted by global oil and gas companies will be increased in upstream oil and gas projects in the country. According to him, the economic level of the project is an important factor for investors to continue the upstream oil and gas project in Indonesia.

Are projects in Indonesia included in the priority rankings of their global portfolio or not? But it should indeed be changed. Because generally, it has been quite a long time, our upstream oil and gas are not very attractive, "he said.

He added, oil and gas companies at the mayor level such as Shell and Chevron will issue investments based on the rankings of global investment portfolio companies in accordance with their competitive level. In addition, the projects approved by the projects undertaken are not included in the company's economic standards or portfolio ratings, so there is a great chance of being accepted.

If our upstream oil and gas projects are less competitive or economically disadvantaged with their projects in other countries, then of course they will eventually withdraw from their projects in Indonesia, "Pri said.

Cameron Van Ast

To note, Shell and Chevron are also known to change their investment portfolios in the oil and gas sector in the world, including for projects in Indonesia. Chevron Asia Pacific External Affairs Advisor Cameron Van Ast said it was giving a signal to release its participation in the IDD project. 

the IDD project Chevron

He revealed the plan had been reviewed since early 2020 and was not related to the acquisition of Noble Energy shares on July 20, 2020.

Dwi Soetjipto

SKK Migas Head Dwi Soetjipto previously revealed that the upstream oil and gas investment trend in the world this year is projected to fall by around 30% to the US $ 228 billion from the initial target in 2020, valued at the US $ 325 billion.

Bisnis Indonesia, Page-4, Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020

There is Still Hope in Upstream Oil and Gas

Upstream oil and gas investment in Indonesia is believed to be still prospective, despite a number of challenges due to fluctuations in world oil prices and the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, the government has also given the flexibility to investors to choose the form and production sharing contract in oil and gas activities.

The policy is believed to provide legal certainty and increase oil and gas investment in Indonesia. But of course, it must be punctuated by the right strategy and oil and gas investors to survive and get out of the crisis.

Arcandra Tahar

Former Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) for the 2014-2019 period Arcandra Tahar said investment in upstream oil and gas was not merely a matter of the political situation in a country. According to him, the majority of investors will enter the oil and gas project which is considered to provide good profits for the company.

"Investment does not recognize citizenship. That is, where there is a profitable investment, investors will enter, "he said.
the Masela block

Referring to the news of Shell's departure from the Masela and Chevron Block projects on the Indonesia Deepwater Development (IDD) project, Arcandra said many factors could trigger the decision. Comprehensively the decision could be influenced by the shifting focus of the company relating to economic value. But the withdrawal of two global oil and gas companies from the project in Indonesia cannot be used as a reference that investment conditions in Indonesia are not good.

"Can you see that their assets (Investors) are sold abroad? I think so. What does it mean, if we only look at it from one side, the investment climate might not be okay. "

He considered the mix of business portfolios in oil and gas companies could be one strategy to get out of the crisis. According to him, the weakening of world oil prices and falling demand that occurred some time ago along with the Covid-19 pandemic was one of the extraordinary events.

However, basically the oil and gas industry is a business whose principles always fluctuate, so there should be mitigation to go through difficult times. Was this not prepared in advance by the oil and gas company? I think it's been prepared, "Arcandra said.

For this reason, the business portfolio mixes between upstream and downstream needs to be balanced considering that there are still oil and gas companies that can get profit, in a state where oil prices are skyrocketing or weakening. According to him, this was also done by large-scale global oil and gas companies such as Shell and Chevron. In addition, the oil and gas companies have begun to apply the trend to anticipate difficult times.

"So a strong company, a balance between upstream and downstream. Even if a medium company has a good strategy, besides having a business in the upstream, they also anticipate it in the downstream, "he explained.

Dwi Soetjipto

SKK Migas Head Dwi Soetjipto projects that oil and gas investment this year will only reach US $ 11.6 billion, down 16% from the target of US $ 13.8 billion. According to him, global upstream oil and gas investment trends this year are also projected to fall by around 30% to the US $ 228 billion from the initial 2020 target of US $ 325 billion.

"So in Indonesia the decline is far better than the global upstream oil and gas trends," he said.


Both Shell and Chevron are known to change their investment portfolios in the upstream oil and gas sector in the world, including for projects in Indonesia. Chevron Asia Pacific External Affairs Advisor Cameron Van Ast said it was giving a signal to release its participation in the IDD project. 

He revealed that the plan had been reviewed since the beginning of this year and he dismissed that the decision was related to the acquisition of Chevron in Noble Energy shares on July 20, 2020.

PT. Chevron Pacific Indonesia's

Chevron Pacific Indonesia's Corporate Communication Manager Sonitha Poernomo added that the Phase 2 IDD project could not compete for capital in Chevron's global portfolio. Meanwhile, Shell was quoted from the official website of Shell Global, dividing the oil and gas company's business into the upstream business, integrated gas, renewable energy, and downstream business.

Sonitha Poernomo

In line with Arcandra, Secretary-General of the National Energy Board Djoko Siswanto is optimistic that Indonesia's upstream oil and gas sector is still in good condition and attractive to investors. 

Hilmi Panigoro

    On the other hand, President Director of Medco Energi Hilmi Panigoro revealed that Indonesia's biggest challenge to bringing in investment in the upstream oil and gas sector is legal certainty which is more attractive to investors.

According to Hilmi Panigoro, there are many investors who prefer other countries than Indonesia even though the tax conditions and political conditions are not better. Hilmi said this could happen because the investors considered that they did not have more risks given the clear legal certainty.

"For example, now the government is changing its paradigm, energy is not a source of revenue, then gas prices are lowered, but the contractor's rights must be maintained so that investors believe. So whatever the form of the regime, what is important right now is how this new law can be a guarantee, so the signed agreement must be maintained, "he explained.

Regarding oil and gas production sharing contracts, ESDM Minister Arifin Tasrif issued Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation No. 12 of 2020 concerning the Third Amendment to the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation No. 8 of 2017 concerning Gross Split Production Sharing Contracts.

In Article 2 paragraph (2) of the Ministerial Regulation, it is explained the form and cooperation contract can use Gross Split, Cost Recovery, or other cooperation contracts. Arifin also abolished the provisions regarding the management of the Work Area that ended the contract period and was not extended, the government imposed a Gross Split for the next period. In addition, in the case of Work Areas that will expire in the contract period, the government can stipulate all cooperation contracts or Gross Split.

Bisnis Indonesia, Page-10, Monday, August 3, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Government Direct Bid Process for Oil and Gas Block

"Those who are prepared first are auctioned. So if you are interested, we are more direct deals because there is more certainty from potential investors. But this has not been decided yet, "he said.

"Don't know when the auction will take place. We are still communicating with potential investors, "Mustafid said.

oil and gas blocks in Indonesia

"Currently we are continuing to ensure that investors can take the oil and gas block. Now the condition is being a Covid-19 pandemic and oil prices are falling, each company's strategy is adjusting, "he explained.


"Repsol focuses on three objectives for exploration, namely Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, and Indonesia. It means, Indonesia is still interesting, meaning Repsol is asking for a legal auction process, "he said.

"From the Minister's instructions, if anyone shows interest, what is wrong with our process," said Ego.


 Investor Daily, Page-9, Thursday, July 30, 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Masela LNG Project Hampered by Land Problems

The Masela Block liquefied natural gas (LNG) refinery project in the Tanimbar Islands, Maluku, faces a winding road. After Royal Dutch Shell will leave the Masela Block, the problem now arises from the unfinished refinery holding.

Referring to the notes of the Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Activities (SKK Migas) until June 2020, the available land is still partial. Even though this project is targeted to operate or onstream by 2027.

    The problem of the Contribution is potentially more complicated. Because reportedly, the Sinar Mas Group is said to have bought a portion of land in the village of Lermatang, South Tanimbar, Tanimbar Islands, Maluku Province. Its location is in the Weminak River area, the border between Lermatang Village and Bomaki Village.

Even though Maluku Governor Murad Ismail in early June this year submitted the Governor's Decree regarding the determination of the allocation of the Masela liquefied natural gas refinery port on Nustual Island, Lermatang Village, South Tanimbar, to the Head of SKK Migas Dwi Soetjipto. In the Maluku Provincial Government Decree, the allocation is 27 hectares (ha). The land in that location is said to have been bought by the Sinar Mas Group.

"I have got a report. But because the large-scale land acquisition is handled by Jakarta, we submit this problem to Jakarta (SKK Migas). " Rinto Pudyantoro, Chief Representative of SKK Migas Papua Maluku.

But Rinto was reluctant to mention on behalf of what company and what price of land purchased by the Sinar Mas Group. Rinto only stated that, in principle, the Masela Blok LNG refinery project was a state project, so the land was bought and acquired on behalf of the Minister of Finance and became the property of the state. Likewise, private property to be purchased.

Gandi Sulistiyanto

The Managing Director of the Sinar Mas Group, Gandi Sulistiyanto, denied that he had bought or even owned land in the area.

"I have checked with the forestry and mining unit, there is no land in the area. Where's the news from? Which regency and province? "He said.

Acting Head of the SKK Migas Program and Communication Division, Susana Kurniasih, said that the Sinar Mas Group did not coordinate with SKK Migas.

"If it is true that Sinar Mas will be active in Lermatang Village, we hope that the activities will not interfere with the Masela project plan," he said.

    Moreover, the Tanimbar District Head, Maluku Governor and the Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK) have agreed on the needs of the LNG refinery allocation. Head of SKK Migas. Dwi Soetjipto emphasized that the Masela onshore LNG Plant project should not be disrupted. The Central Government and regional governments have committed to that, "he said.

    Regarding the prospective LNG Plant location, the management of Inpex Corporation stated that it always refers to the Decree of the Maluku Governor. The exact location and area of ​​the Abadi LNG refinery will be finalized after the results of the survey and design study have been studied, "said MN Kurniawan. Act Corporate Communication Manager Inpex Masela.

Kontan, Page-1, Monday, July 27, 2020

Russian oil and gas company eyeing Tuna block

Russian oil and gas companies have the potential to enter and work on Participating Interest (PI) in the Tuna Block together with Premier Oil.

Deputy Head of the Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas (SKK Migas), Fatar Yani Abdurrahman, did not dismiss the news of a Russian oil and gas company that wanted to become a partner of Premium Oil in the oil and gas working area in the Natuna Islands.

Rosneft Russia

Only he was still reluctant to mention the name of the Russian company. The reason, so far it is still waiting for official information from Premier Oil. It's just that the plans for new partners will enter do exist, "he said.

Fatar also has not detailed the rights of participation that will be acquired by the new Russian partner. Just so you know, the Tuna Block is managed by Premier Oil Tuna BV with an Interest Participation of 65%. 

Tuna Block Premier Oil Tuna BV

    The Acting Head of the SKK Migas Program and Communication Division, Susana Kurniasih, said that the government had given Premier Oil a two-year extension. The latest was approved by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources at the end of 2019 ago.

Blogger Agus Purnomo in SKK Migas

"They already had a proposal for drilling two wells in 2020, but they said that the implementation of the activity was still waiting for a partner," Susana Kurniasih.

The Covid-19 pandemic also had an impact on the drilling plan by Premier Oil, even though drilling was needed to ensure the Tuna Block Plan of Development (PoD). This is also considered to have an impact on the certainty of partners in the Block.

Kontan, Page-10, Saturday, July 25, 2020

Upstream Oil and Gas Demands Immediate Incentives

The lively plan to leave global oil and gas companies from Indonesia must receive serious attention. Because, at present the competition in the upstream oil and gas investment portfolio at the regional and global level is getting tougher. Especially in the global pandemic situation that afflicts almost all countries in the world. Conditions that make oil and gas companies really count when investing.

"At that time, global companies will only aim at investment portfolios in countries that are considered truly profitable and occupy their priority scale," said Oil and Gas Observers from Trisakti University, Pri Agung Rakhmanto.

Now, to attract investment in upstream oil and gas, various government incentives need to be prepared. The incentive makes the oil and gas investment climate in Indonesia more attractive. 

       Just so you know, within this month, there are two global investors who want to leave the area hit by oil and gas in Indonesia. First Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) will sell its 35% stake in the Masela Block.

the Masela Block

The two PT Chevron Pacilik Indonesia (Chevron) are reluctant to continue the Phase II project in the Indonesia Deepwater Development (IDD) Block. Indonesian Petroleum Asociation (IPA) Executive Director, Marjolijn Wajong said oil and gas companies both domestically and globally are considering market conditions and oil and gas commodity prices, especially after the Covid-19 pandemic subsided.

the Indonesia Deepwater Development (IDD) Block

"Most still wait and see to see how things are after the pandemic has subsided," said Marjolijn Wajong.

Chairman of the Association of Oil and Gas Companies (Aspermigas), John S. Karamoy added, the government needs to be introspective with the current condition of oil and gas investment. The withdrawal of some global companies is expected to not interfere with the development of the upstream oil and gas business in Indonesia.

The Acting Head of the SKK Migas Program and Communication Division, Susana Kurniasih, admitted that her office continued to monitor developments in upstream oil and gas investment. Meanwhile, upstream oil and gas incentives are still being discussed together with the Ministry of Finance (MoF). 

    So far, there has been an incentive from SKK Migas in the form of postponement of the Depository Siter Restoration (ASR) deposit. Well, SKK Migas also proposes other stimuli to attract investment.

"We and the Ministry of Finance (Ministry of Finance) are discussing together, but the decision is not at SKK Migas," he said.

He revealed that the stimulus to delay the deposit of ASR was to ensure that the KKKS could continue their operations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kontan, Page-10, Saturday, July 25, 2020

Global Investors Get Out of the Jumbo Oil and Gas Project

The future of energy investment in the country is threatened to fade. One by one foreign investors send signals that they will leave the jumbo oil and gas project in Indonesia. The latest news is that PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia is unlikely to continue the development of the Phase II Indonesia Deepwater Development (IDD) project in the Kutai Basin in Kalimantan Tmur.

The oil and gas company from the United States claimed to have no capital to develop the Phase II IDD project. This is because the IDD project is not a priority and is not included in the global Chevron Group portfolio.

the Phase II IDD project

Corporate Communication Manager of PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia, Sonitha Poernomo, revealed that the Phase II IDD project could not compete for capital in Chevron's global portfolio. Therefore, Chevron is ready to exit the US $ 5 billion project.

Sonitha Poernomo

"We believe this project will have value for other operators," said Sonitha Poernomo.

IDD is a deep sea gas project developed by Chevron Indonesia Company (Cico) through four production sharing contracts, namely PSC Ganal, Rapak, Makassar Strait and Muara Bakau. There are five gas fields ready to be developed, namely Bangka Field, Gehem, Gendalo, Maha and Gandang.

the Masela Block

Chevron's intention to leave the energy project adds to the list of foreign investors with plans to leave. Not long ago, Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) planned to sell Participating Interest (PI) at 35% in the Masela Block. The investment value of the gas block is around US $ 19.8 billion.

Another foreign investor who wants to leave is Japan's Mitsui Corp. They plan to leave the Paiton power plant project, East Java. Mitsui holds 45.59 shares in the 2,045 MW power plant. Regarding the potential of the IDD project, Soenitha said, in fact the Kutai Basin was still an attractive hydrocarbon area. 

       Therefore, Chevron is confident that other operators can continue to develop. Until now, Chevron along with the government and potential partner partners have continued to establish communication to find solutions for the development of the IDD Block.

In this project, Chevron is the operator and majority shareholder of 63%. The remaining Eni, Tip Top, PT Pertamina Hulu Energi and Muara Bakau partners. Development of IDD Phase II includes the Gendalo-Gehem Field. Both fields will each have a floating production unit. 

     Discussion on Chevron's plan to leave the IDD Block has been busy since the beginning of this year. The signal is visible from Chevron's attitude of reluctance to provide a revised report on the IDD Block's development plan.

SKK Migas has not yet received certainty. Even though there are already several potential investors who have the potential to replace Chevron in the jumbo gas project. Acting Head of the SKK Migas Program and Communication Division, Susana Kurniasih, is still waiting for Chevron's official information. SKK Migas has written to Chevron related to the request for an explanation of Chevron's interest in phase II.

"The letter has been sent this week, so it takes time to wait for the answer," explained Susana Kurniasih, who was a former Voice Update Update journalist.

Dwi Soetjipto

The Head of SKK Migas, Dwi Soetjipto, explained that his party had continued to urge Chevron about the certainty of the continued management of IDD.

"We are still waiting for the Chevron report. Of course this should not be protracted," said Susana Kurniasih.

Hulu Migas practitioner, Tumbur Parlindungan assesses that there are several possibilities that make Chevron out of the IDD project. First, global conditions. Second, the problem of the transfer of management of the Rokan Block from Chevron to Pertamina. Third, the oil and gas investment climate in Indonesia might be considered unattractive for Chevron.

Kontan, Page-1, Friday, July 24, 2020