The Bangka Field could go on stream fully in September

Rapak Block’s Bangka Field will come on stream at the end of this month. The gas produced from this field is part of the Indonesia Deepwater Development (IDD) project to be allocated for industries in Kalimantan, especially those located in Bontang city, East Kalimantan province.

Deputy for Operations Control at the Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities (SKK Migas) Muliawan said Bangka field is still in its initial stage of production. “The gas will be distributed to Bontang. There are industries there too,” he said in Jakarta on Monday (22/8). (Read: IDD Project Starts to Produce on Independence Day)

The field operated by Chevron Indonesia officially started to produce on 17 August, which was a delay from the initial target of June or July this year. The project was postponed from its initial target because the technical preparations for the project were not finished.

So far, only one well, Bangka-6, has started production. Chevron is still working on finishing the Bangka-7 well, which is scheduled to start producing next month.

Muliawan said the Bangka Field could go on stream fully in September. Peak production could reach up to 30 mmscfd of gas and 1,007 barrels per day (bpd) of oil.

The design for the Bangka project includes a natural gas production facility with a capacity of 115 mmscfd. The project also includes a facility with the capacity to produce 4,000 barrels of condensate.

The Bangka project will be connected to a floating production facility, says Chevron’s official website. As much as 50 mmscfd of gas from the field will be distributed to the refinery in Bontang, East Kalimantan.

In addition, Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities (SKK Migas) Deputy Chief M.I. Zikrullah said Pertamina would buy two gas cargoes from Bangka this year. “The contract is still being finalised,” he told Katadata at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s office in Jakarta on Thursday, 11 August.

However, Chevron’s Senior Vice President of Policy, Government and Public Affairs Yianto Sianipar has made no comment on the gas allocated from Bangka field. Chevron Indonesia Company owns a 62 percent stake in the project.

Chevron is also developing other gas fields under the IDD project, including Gendalo and Gehem. The company has around a 63% stake in these two fields, but it has not started to work on these projects yet. (Read: Chevron Unable to Use Investment Credit for IDD Project)

Chevron must wait for the government to approve its revised PoD for the two fields after the investment value of the projects changed.