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CCUS project approved for Indonesia’s Tangguh LNG

Indonesian oil and gas regulator SKK Migas has approved the plan of development for a carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) project at the Tangguh LNG export complex.

CCUS project approved for Indonesia's Tangguh LNG
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SKK Migas greenlighted the plan of development (POD) for Ubadari Field and Vorwata CCUS. In this POD, the new development estimated a potential additional recovery of 1.3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas, from both Ubadari and Vorwata fields.

Ubadari field will be produced via normally unmanned installations (NUI) connected to an offshore pipeline to the Tangguh facility. Meanwhile, the Vorwata CCUS development will see approximately 25 million tonnes of CO2 injected back to the Vorwata reservoir to eliminate carbon venting and provide incremental gas production through enhanced gas recovery (EGR).

This will remove up to 90 per cent of the reservoir-associated CO2. This CO2 is currently representing nearly half of the Tangguh LNG emissions.

The Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) will start in mid-2022. An estimated project start is in 2026, after a final investment decision (FiD).

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The Tangguh LNG export complex project is located in Papua Barat, Indonesia. It started production in 2009.

Energy giant BP leads as the project operator.  Furthermore, the Tangguh partners include Mitsubishi, INPEX, JX Nippon Oil & Gas, MITSUI, LNG JAPAN, Sumitomo, and Sojitz.

BP Berau and its affiliates in Indonesia hold a 40.22 per cent interest in the project.

Significantly, BP claims that CCUS will make it one of the lowest ghg intensity LNG plants in the world.

The operator and partners are expanding the facility with the addition of a third liquefaction train.