Pertamina's SVP Corporate Communication and Investor Relation Agus Suprijanto noted in a statement here on Thursday that the company had communicated with various parties over preparations for operation of the Rokan Block, including supply of electricity and steam for oil production that is projected to reach 170 thousand barrels of oil per day (bopd), or some 25 percent of the nation’s oil production.
"Pertamina welcomes PLN's offer to supply electricity and steam for the Rokan Block since August 9, 2021. Partnership with the state electricity company is expected to secure the supply of electricity and steam after it takes over the block next year," Suprijanto remarked.
PLN and Pertamina Hulu Rokan (PHR), a subsidiary of Pertamina, will hold further discussion on the matter, he noted.
Electricity and steam supply to Rokan Block is currently sourced from the integrated power system comprising three power generators: the Minas Gas Turbine, Central Duri Gas, and North Duri Cogen (NDC).
The block yielded 190,131 bopd last year under the helm of PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI), a subsidiary of one of the world’s biggest oil companies, Chevron. Pertamina will be taking over the five-decade-old block, which is the country’s second-most productive oil block, from CPI next year, following the scheduled expiry of the latter company’s permit.
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