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Gas production begins from Merakes development

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Eni has started gas production from the Merakes Project, located in the East Sepinggan block in the Makassar Strait, deep offshore East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The project is a deepwater gas field development in the offshore Kutei Basin, with approximately 1500 m water depth. The five deepwater subsea wells will guarantee a production capacity of 450 million ft3/d, equivalent to 85 000 boe/d of oil. The field has been connected to the Jangkrik Floating Production Unit (FPU), operated by Eni, at a distance of 45 km from Merakes field, optimising its producing capacity up to 750 million ft3/d together with the gas flowing from the Jangkrik gas field. The gas produced from Merakes is exported through subsea pipelines to the Jangkrik FPU. After being processed the gas is exported to the Onshore Receiving Facility (ORF) in Senipah via the existing Jangkrik export pipelines.

Merakes gas will be partially sold to the domestic market and will also contribute to the extension of the life of the Bontang LNG facility that supplies LNG to both the domestic and export markets.

Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi commented: “We are really proud of the start-up of Merakes, a project which is synergetic with existing operated facilities and is the result of the fruitful collaboration with our partners and with the Indonesian authorities. Merakes is one of Eni key projects in 2021. It will support the growth of gas production, in line with Eni strategic goals.”

Neptune Energy’s Managing Director in Indonesia, Eko Lumadyo, said: “We are proud to partner with Eni on this strategic development which will help meet growing domestic energy demand in Indonesia and support the country’s export market.

“Indonesia provides Neptune Energy with strong opportunities for growth and we look forward to building on our relationship with Eni and our partners in the region. We have identified significant exploration potential in our acreage in the Kutei Basin, which offers considerable growth potential through tie-back and standalone developments.”

Merakes is Neptune Energy’s largest project development in 2021, adding approximately 11 000 boe/d, and its second major development to be successfully delivered this year, following start-up of its operated Gjøa P1 development offshore Norway.

Eni is the operator of East Sepinggan block with a 65% share ownership through its affiliate, Eni East Sepinggan Ltd.; the other partners are Neptune Energy East Sepinggan B.V. with 20% share and PT Pertamina Hulu Energi with the remaining 15% share.


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