JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Italian Eni S.p.A will start the execution of the Merakes Development Projects, following the approval received by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) and the company’s Board of Directors.
The Merakes field located in the East Sepinggan PSC in the Makassar Strait, East Kalimantan, consists in the drilling and construction of subsea wells with a dedicated transportation system in 1500 meter water depth and connected to the Jangkrik Floating Production Unit, located 35 kilometers North East.
The gas production will be shipped to the Bontang LNG plant using also all the other existing facilities of Jangkrik field as well as the East Kalimantan transportation network. This new production will contribute also to the life extension of the plant.
“The Merakes Development Project approval is an important step for our strategy in South East Asia aimed at increasing both our presence and our production only through an organic growth,” Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi said in a written statement on Monday (12/17).
In order to do so, he continued, the company will leverage on exploration, which will enable to increase the reserves and then gas production to the optimization of existing facilities and complying with the strictest time-to-market.
“The Indonesian domestic market is in big expansion and we will continue to pay attention in order for our activities to support and valorize it” he added.
The Merakes development project is a successful outcome of the Eni near field exploration and appraisal strategy, which allows to maximize the synergies with existing nearby infrastructures, such as those of Jangkrik field started up in May 2017, as well as to reduce the costs and the time-to-market of the project.
This development will also strengthen Eni’s technological and operations leadership in the development of deep-water gas fields in Indonesia.
Eni is the operator of East Sepinggan Contract Area through its subsidiary Eni East Sepinggan Limited which holds an 85 percent Participating Interest while PT Pertamina Hulu Energi East Sepinggan holds the remaining 15 percent.
The oil and gas producer has been operating in Indonesia since 2001 and holds a large portfolio of assets in exploration, production and development. Production activities are located in the Kutei Basin, East Kalimantan, mainly through the Jangkrik field, in the Muara Bakau working area, that delivers production in excess of 650 mmscfd.