Jakarta — In the midst of low world oil prices, the upstream oil and gas industry still manages to engage actively in the fourth quarter of 2017 indicated by the commencement of the development of three gas fields, Bison, Iguana, and Gajah Puteri (BIGP) Fields in Natuna Sea, Anambas Islands. The project operated by PSC Contractor Premier Oil Natuna Sea BV is a continuation of the gas development in Natuna Sea Block “A”.

The commencement of this development project is marked by the signing of a development service contract in Engineering Procurement Construction and Installation (EPCI) between Premier and the operating contractor PT Timas Suplindo on 10 October 2017.

“This is an important progress for the project, indicating that Indonesia’s upstream oil and gas industry remains active amid the plunge of world oil prices which have not fully recovered,” SKK Migas’ Head of Program and Communication Division, Wisnu Prabawa Taher, revealed on Thursday, 12 October 2017.

The scope of the EPCI work also includes modification work at the facilities of Pelikan WHP, Naga WHP, GB CPP and AGX platforms. The project includes the development of three (3) subsea wells each at Bison, Iguana and Gajah Puteri Fields, at a depth of approximately 80 m above sea level.

Production from Bison and Iguana Fields will be flowed through the pipes respectively at the length of 8 km and 6 km to Pelikan Platform before being channeled to Gajah Baru CPP facility for processing. Meanwhile, production from Gajah Puteri Field will be distributed through the pipeline as far as 42 km to AGX Platform with a control system from Naga Platform.

The BIGP Gas Development Project will add gas reserves of around 80 BCF, with a maximum production of 60 MMscfd of gas and condensate production of about 1,100 bopd.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2019 to meet the existing gas sales commitments.