Govt studying six locations for carbon store

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is studying six potential locations for carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) as part of efforts to mitigate climate change-related disasters, an official has said.

“The first project is located in Gundih (Central Java). It is being developed by ITB (Bandung Institute of Technology), J-Power, and Janus,” director general of oil and gas at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Tutuka Ariadji, said in a statement released on Thursday.

In addition to CCUS, the government is also considering an enhanced oil recovery (CO2-EOR) project called Sukowati, he informed. The project is being developed by PT Pertamina EP in cooperation with Japan Petroleum Exploration Co Ltd (Japex) and Oil and Gas Institute (Lemigas), he said.

Japex and Lemigas, which are also involved in the MRV methodology project, are in the process of studying the application of CCUS and EOR in the Limau Biru field, he informed.

The two other projects are the Sink Match project developed by ITB and Janus and the CCUS project in Tangguh developed by BP Berau Ltd and ITB, he added.

“The three CCUS projects in Gundih, Sukowati, and Tangguh are expected to be able to store up to 50 million tons of CO2 in the future,” he said.

Currently, the capacity of CCUS in Indonesia is 1.5 gigaton in depleted oil and identified gas reservoir, he said.

The six potential CCUS projects will add to the number of places implementing CCUS, he added.

Tutuka said the government is paying serious attention to any effort to reduce carbon emissions in the upstream oil and gas sector.

After all, the target of increasing oil and gas production remains the government’s priority to maintain national energy resilience and reduce dependence on imported oil and gas, he said.

“We are looking for a balance between oil and gas production hike and emission carbon reduction,” he explained.

The government has set the target of increasing oil production to 1 million barrels per day and gas production to 1 billion standard cubic feet per day (BSCFD) by 2030, he noted.

“To reckon climate change through carbon emissions we will use CCUS in the oil and gas fields, which have a high carbon content,” he said.

Source: Antara News

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