BANDUNG – The Government c.q the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (EMR) are constantly looking for ways to meet the needs for energy, particularly oil and gas which is currently the trend of conventional oil and gas reserves continue to decline. To overcome it, the Government needs to improve coordination with the relevant parties and stakeholders to develop oil and gas resources, especially non-conventional oil and natural gas to meet the energy needs in Indonesia. By a strong research and development and the use of appropriate technology, non-conventional oil and gas resources in Indonesia could support the energy security in Indonesia.
Thus the subject matter of the Workshop on the Future of Non-Conventional Gas in Indonesia at the Hotel Savoy Homan, Bandung (18/11) that presented the keynote speakers such as Upstream Director of PT. Pertamina (Persero) Samsul Alam, Expert Staff for State Revenue of the Ministry of Finance Astera Primanto, Deputy for Control and Plan SKK Migas Gunawan Sutadiwiria Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) Moshu Rizal Husin.
The Director General of Oil and Gas IGN Wiratmaja while opening the ceremony said that there is a gap between conventional oil and gas production and consumption. Gap is likened to a crocodile's mouth that are increasingly large because oil production continues to decline, while the needs is more increase. If there is no new big discovery, then in 2020, only about 400 s.d 500 thousand barrels per day oil production, and in 2050, (it is) only 77 thousand barrels per day. Meanwhile, according to data from the Ministry of EMR, for non-conventional oil and gas reserves in Indonesia is quite large like for Coal Bed Methane (CBM) amounted to 453.3 TCF and shale gas amounted to 574.7 TCF. “Need for an action plan and roadmap so that non-conventional oil and gas can develop properly so that it can meet the domestic needs,” said Wiratmaja.
In line with the Director General of Oil and Gas, the Upstream Director of Pertamina, Syamsu Alam added that the resources of non-conventional oil and gas in Indonesia is still a fairly large prospective resource, which means they need to be investigated further. “Non-conventional oil and gas is still quite likely still be prospective resources that still need to be further investigated so that become contingency resources that could be taken into account to achieve national energy security”, said Syamsu Alam.
Supporting the Syamsu Alam’s statement, Astera Primanto (Ministry of Finance) stated that non-conventional oil and gas development should be strengthened with a good research and development. “Non-conventional oil and gas should be emphasized for research in order to be required the support of government incentives for research and its development,” said Astera.
To respond, the Director General of Oil and Gas, Wiratmaja said that the Government has set a Minister of EMR Regulation Number 38 Year 2015 on the Acceleration of Non-Conventional Oil and Gas Business. The purpose of this rule is to give the non-conventional oil and gas contractors who actually intends to develop its field by providing flexibility in the development field. “By this regulation, it is enough to facilitate the development of non-conventional oil and gas. But perhaps we need to unify the language so that non-conventional oil and gas development can be faster,” said Wiratmaja. (NA)
In line with the Director General of Oil and Gas, Upstream Director of Pertamina, Syamsu Alam added that the resources of non-conventional oil and gas in Indonesia is still a fairly large prospective resource, which means they need to be investigated further. "Non-conventional oil and gas is still quite likely still be prospective resources that still need to be further ditelili contingency resources that could be taken into account to achieve national energy security", said Syamsu Alam. (NA)