Pertamina’s Arun plant is ready to implement CCS program in Indonesia

Jakarta – The Arun LNG plant in North Aceh, managed by PT Perta Arun Gas (PAG), has declared itself ready to implement Indonesia’s Carbon Capture Storage (CCS) programme. The facility, which has been in operation for decades, was formerly known as the former PT Arun Natural Gas Liquefaction (PT Arun NGL), which ceased operations in 2015 before being transferred to PT PAG.

Bara Ilmarosa, President Director of PAG, said the potential additional gas from the Andaman block will change the national gas supply map. In addition, it opens up opportunities for PAG’s business diversification in the future.

“We will develop a CO2 liquid hub inside and outside the country. We will store and inject into a huge reservoir in Aceh, ex ExxonMobil. This has the potential to become CO2 storage. In the future, this will be PAG’s additional business,” he said in a DETalk webinar themed Strengthening Indonesia as a Global LNG and LPG Player.

Ilmarosa explained that the reservoirs in Aceh are large and proven, and the Arun area managed by PAG will become a centre for developing new energy, especially blue energy or renewable energy generated from the marine environment.

Blue energy, he said, is exhilarating and the future of Indonesia. Arun has enormous reservoir potential and is an ideal place to develop blue energy. PAG plans to collaborate with US companies to bring LNG to Arun, convert it to hydrogen, and inject it into the reservoir, creating a blue energy resource.

Ilmarosa also explained that the CCS business will grow further with regulations governing the carbon capture business. He said Arun NGL has six LNG trains with a capacity of 12.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA), which can be revitalised if gas reserves from Andaman are proven in the future.

PAG has long been one of Indonesia’s premier gas processing facilities, along with Bontang in East Kalimantan, Tangguh in West Papua and Donggi in Central Sulawesi. (Hartatik)

Banner photo: Arun LNG Terminal (Source: PGN)

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