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Jakarta Post

Even with giant Masela block, Pertamina predicts gas deficit in 2035 

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman
    Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 1, 2019   /  03:49 pm
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Indonesia will produce less liquefied natural gas (LNG) than it consumes 16 years from now as local demand moves up along with economic growth, state energy giant Pertamina says. But the government remains confident it “will never import” gas. Even taking into account rich gas blocks such as the Masela Block, Jambarang Tiung Biru field (Cepu Block), Tangguh field (Berau Block) and Sakakemang Block, Indonesia will face an LNG deficit of 1,000 to 2,000 million metric standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) by 2035, according to Pertamina estimates. “The deficit prediction has included the production of giant gas blocks,” said Heru Setiawan, Pertamina director of investment planning and risk.  Indonesia is currently an LNG exporter with exports reaching 1,907 billion British thermal units per day (bbtud), or almost five times the average volume of domestic...