Rokan Block operated by Pertamina Hulu Rokan needs 400 megawatts of electricity and 335 thousand barrels of steam per day.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif believes that reliable power supply is crucial for the oil and gas Rokan Block working area, as it provides 25 percent of the national oil production.

"Rokan Block, operated by Pertamina Hulu Rokan, needs 400 megawatts of electricity and 335 thousand barrels of steam per day," Tasrif stated here on Tuesday.

Rokan Block in Riau Province plays a significant role in the national oil and gas industry, he pointed out.

Rokan Block covers an area of 6,220 square kilometers with 96 oil fields, of which three -- Bekasap, Minas, and Duri -- contain abundant oil reserves.

The oil reserves potential in Rokan Block is expected to reach some two billion barrels and has become a reliable source for the government to achieve its target of one million barrels of oil production in 2030.

Related news: Construction of Rokan Block oil pipeline is 71.3-percent complete

The oil and gas block will be handed over from Chevron Pasific Indonesia (CPI) to PT Pertamina Hulu Rokan, as CPI's production-sharing contract for the Rokan Block will expire on August 9, 2021.

In a bid to ensure power supply to Rokan Block, state-run electricity firm PT PLN has acquired 100 percent of the share in the 300-megawatt-capacity power plant operated by PT Mandau Cipta Tenaga Nusantara (MCTN).

"Through the acquisition, PLN will ensure reliable power supply. Hence, it would not affect production in Rokan Block," he remarked.

PLN will divide power supply to the Rokan Block into two stages: the transition period and permanent period.

During the transition period, the company will utilize all equipment of MCTN to supply electricity to Rokan Block for the next three years.

PLN will connect the Rokan Block power system to a permanent Sumatra regional power system. Related news: PLN offers to supply electricity, steam to Pertamina's Rokan Block

Translator: Sugiharto Purnama, Sri Haryati
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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