Inpex has submitted a revised plan of development (Revised POD) of the Abadi gas field in the Masela Block, Arafura Sea, Indonesia, to the Indonesian Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities (SKK Migas).

In collaboration with its strategic partner Shell, the company is preparing for the development of the Abadi gas field as operator through its subsidiary INPEX Masela.

Under the revised POD, a floating LNG (FLNG) plant is expected to be adopted, which would have an annual LNG processing capacity of 7.5 million tonnes (Mt).

Based on developing the Abadi gas field in stages, the initial plan of development (POD-1) targeted the deployment of an FLNG plant with an annual LNG processing capacity of 2.5Mt.

"A floating LNG (FLNG) plant is expected to be adopted, which would have an annual LNG processing capacity of 7.5 million tonnes."

Based on POD-1, which was approved by the Indonesian Government in 2010, Inpex conducted front-end engineering and design (FEED) works for both SURF (Subsea, Umbilical, Riser and Flowline), as well as the FLNG plant between November 2012 and November 2014.

The company confirmed the presence of a greater volume of Abadi gas reserves after assessing three appraisal wells drilled that were between June 2013 and April 2014.

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Inpex also performed studies to assess the optimal development scenario by considering the updated Abadi gas reserves.

By undertaking the required procedures to obtain the Indonesian Government’s approval for the revised POD, the company plans to take the project forward in partnership with Shell Upstream Overseas Services.

Following this, the company aims to launch FEED work for development of the gas field.

Image: The Abadi gas field. Photo: courtesy of Inpex Corporation.