Ministry estimates no gas imports in 2019

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has estimated that Indonesia does not need to import gas in 2019 following additional production from Jangkrik Field, Tangguh Train 3, and Masela Block.

Data from the Indonesian Balance Sheet Gas indicated that gas will be imported in 2019, with an estimated demand of 1,672 million cubic feet per day (MMSCFD), whereas in 2020, the amount will reach 1,677 MMSCFD; 3,552 MMSCFD in 2025; 3,722 MMSCFD in 2030; and continue to increase up to 3,548 MMSCFD in 2035.

"Some gas fields can produce 600 MMSCFD. Hence, most likely in 2019, we do not need to import," Director General of Oil and Gas BUmi IGN Wiratmaja Puja said here on Thursday.

He explained that the Jangkrik Field will have a production capacity of 600 MMSCFD in 2018.

In addition, the Tangguh Train 3 field will start producing gas by 2020 and will add up to 3.8 million ton per annual (MTPA), while Masela Blocks production is estimated at 9.5 MTPA in addition to 150 MMSCFD.

"In 2020, Tangguh Train 3 will become operational, which means our supply will rise. We hope Masela would start producing between 2025 and 2027 and supply more gas," he remarked.

According to Puja, Indonesia does not have to import gas in 2019 since the demand for domestic gas is not as high as estimated. The gas requirement for the 35 thousand-megawatt electricity program has also decreased, as the gas power plant projects have not been completed.(*)