KrisEnergy receives green light for Indonesia gas project

KrisEnergy Ltd. says that the government of Indonesia has approved the plan of development for the Lengo gas field in the Bulu production sharing contract (PSC) offshore East Java. Approval of the plan paves the way for operator KrisEnergy to pursue formal negotiations for gas sale agreements with potential offtakers.

The Bulu PSC covers 697 square kilometers in three separate areas – Bulu A, Bulu B, and Bulu C – over the East Java Basin in water depths of 50–60 meters. The Lengo gas discovery is located in the Bulu A area, and will be developed via four development wells and an unmanned wellhead platform. A 20-inch, 65-kilometer export pipeline will transport the gas directly to shore. Production is anticipated to begin approximately 24 months after the joint-venture partners declare final investment decision, and is expected to plateau at 70 million cubic feet per day.

The Bulu PSC lies adjacent to the KrisEnergy-operated East Muriah PSC, which contains the East Lengo gas discovery. The company plans to drill an appraisal well in the East Muriah PSC and, if successful, to develop East Lengo gas via a single well tied back to the Lengo facilities. KrisEnergy also operates the Sakti PSC, an exploration block adjacent to the Bulu A area.

Chris Gibson-Robinson, KrisEnergy’s director of exploration and production, said: “This is our first development as the operator in Indonesia… When on stream, the Lengo field will bring the group’s production mix to approximately 52% gas versus 48% oil. Demand for gas continues to grow strongly across Indonesia, and long-term pipeline prices are holding firm despite volatility in the international oil markets. Bulu is the potential aggregation hub for gas into East Java, if we are successful in the appraisal of East Lengo and exploration in Sakti.”

KrisEnergy holds a 42.5% operated working interest in the Bulu PSC and is partnered by AWE Ltd., with 42.5%; PT Satria Energindo, with 10%; and PT Satria Wijayakusuma, with 5%.

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