Indonesia sanctions deepwater Merakes gas tieback
Indonesia’s Energy Minister has approved Eni’s development plan for the Merakes gas field offshore East Kalimantan.
SAN DONATO MILANESE, Italy– Indonesia’s Energy Minister has approved Eni’s development plan for the Merakes gas field offshore East Kalimantan.
Merakes, which holds estimated in-place resources of around 2 tcf, is in 1,500 m (4,921 ft) water depth in the East Sepinggan production-sharing contract in the Makassar Strait, and 35 km (21.7 mi) southwest ofEni’sJangkrik floating production unit (FPU) which started operations 11 month ago.
The discovery well in 2014, Merakes 1, encountered lean gas in Pliocene age reservoir sands. It was followed in January 2017 by the successful appraisal wellMerakes 2, which confirmed strong gas deliverability.
Eni plans six subsea wells and associated subsea systems and pipelines which will be connected to theJangkrik FPU. The gas will then be exported through existing pipelines from the FPU to the Bontang LNG processing facility operated by PT Badak in East Kalimantan.
Eni East Sepinggan has an 85% interest in the PSC, the remainder held by Pertamina Hulu Energy.