Indonesian oil and gas regulator SKK Migas has approved the next stage of development for the Tangguh liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Papua Barat, Indonesia.

Operated by energy giant bp, the plan of development applies to the Ubadari Field and Vorwata carbon capture utiilisation and storage (CCUS) project, which is expected to generate a further recovery of 1.3 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of gas.

The fast-tracked Ubadari field development is planned to be produced via the connection of normally unmanned installations by offshore pipeline to the Tangguh LNG facilities.

The technology involved in the project is set to make the bp-operated Tangguh project one of the lowest greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity LNG plants in the world. This is made possible by a 90% reduction of reservoir-associated carbon dioxide (CO2) that is currently vented. Around 25 million tonnes of CO2 injected back into the Vorwata reservoir will allow for this reduction. Via enhanced gas recovery (EGR), this injection will also provide incremental gas production.

The Tangguh LNG plant.

The Tangguh LNG plant.

Source: bp

Commenting on the importance of the project to bp, Dev Sanyal, Executive Vice-President for gas & low carbon energy, bp, said, “These developments demonstrate how Tangguh continues to be a strategic fit in bp’s portfolio.”

“The Vorwata CCUS-EGR project will be a significant milestone for bp, with the potential to make a material contribution to our aims to reduce operational emissions.”

Mid-2022 will see the beginning of the Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) process for the Ubadari field development and Vorwata CCUS, subject to the approval of Tangguh partners’ and SKK Migas.

Nader Zaki, Senior Vice-President for Asia Pacific, bp group, expressed his gratitude to those involved, saying, “We thank the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, SKK Migas and Directorate of Oil and Gas, as well as all our Tangguh partners, for the continuous support and collaboration which allowed the timely approval of this plan of development.”

Tangguh currently see 1.4bn cubic feet (Bcf) of gas production through two LNG trains, set to reach 2.1 Bcf per day once Train 3 is online.

The potential estimated start-up date for the Vorwata CCUS-EGR project is 2026.