Inpex submits revised plan to Indonesia for Abadi LNG project

Inpex Corp., Tokyo, has submitted a revised plan of development to the Indonesian government for the Abadi LNG project in the Arafura Sea. It envisions a floating LNG (FLNG) plant with a processing capacity of 7.5 million tonnes/year.

The revision stems from confirmation of a greater volume of natural gas reserves in Abadi field’s Masela block.

Operator Inpex Masela Ltd. sent the revised plan to the Indonesian Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities (SKK Migas).

The initial plan was based on developing Abadi field in stages, with the first stage having an LNG processing capacity of 2.5 million tpy (OGJ Online, Dec. 27, 2010).  Between November 2012 and November 2014, Inpex conducted front-end engineering and design work.

Based on evaluations of three appraisal wells drilled between June 2013 and April 2014, Inpex confirmed the presence of a greater volume of Abadi gas reserves, which was confirmed by Indonesian authorities. Inpex said it conducted studies “to assess the optimal development scenario.”

Inpex expects the field to contain sufficient reserves to support LNG production of 7.5 million tpy for more than 20 years, and 24,000 b/d of condensate.

Masela block lies in 400-800 m of water covering 3,221 sq km about 150 km off Saumlaki, Maluku Province.

Inpex Masela has 65%, and Shell Upstream Overseas Services Ltd. 35% (OGJ Online, May 28, 2013). The block is based on a production-sharing contract under the supervision and control of SKK Migas. Inpex acquired the block in 1998 and the discovered Abadi in 2000.

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