Oil & Gas

28 Oct 2022

Indonesia’s Pertamina Starts First Underground Carbon Injection Tests

28 Oct 2022  by   

A worker walks past a car at a state-owned Pertamina petrol station in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan/File Photo

Indonesia's Pertamina launched its first underground carbon injection tests this week, as the state energy firm seeks to cut carbon emissions while increasing oil output, the company said late on Wednesday.

Pertamina aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 and has been exploring carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) technology with several partners to offset emissions and boosts its oil and gas production.

"Implementation of CO2 injection will become Pertamina's backbone in increasing oil and gas production and sustainability," Pertamina official Oki Muraza said in the statement.

Pertamina worked with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) to carry out 'huff and puff' tests in its Jatibarang field in West Java province, by injecting carbon into an oil well for several days.

"Based on the simulation results, oil and gas production will increase by around 30-40%, but in a few days it will decrease again and will be injected again. And so on," Tutuka Ariadji, director general of oil and gas at the energy ministry, said in a separate statement, adding that the test result would be monitored until year end.

The energy ministry is drafting a regulation on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and CCUS implementation so that oil and gas operators may install carbon capture facilities in their operations and might grant incentives to make the projects commercially viable.


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