Indonesia To Transform Energy Sector With 15 CCS And CCUS Projects By 2030

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Indonesia is set to make significant strides in transforming its energy sector with the implementation of 15 Carbon Capture and Storage and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage (CCS/CCUS) projects by 2030. 

The Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) has set this ambitious goal in an effort to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the impact of climate change.

Ariana Soemanto, the Director of Upstream Oil and Gas Business Development, emphasized that Indonesia has the largest sediment basin in Southeast Asia, providing ample opportunities for carbon storage. 

The country boasts a vast potential for carbon storage resources, with a capacity of 573 gigatons in saline aquifers and 4.8 gigatons in suspended oil and gas reservoirs spread across Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua.

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Ariana Soemanto mentioned on Tuesday, July 2, that Indonesia currently has approximately 15 potential CCS/CCUS projects aiming to be operational between 2026 and 2030. The government is focusing on two specific basins, the Sunda Asri basins and Bintuni basins, to be utilized as CCS hubs in East Asia and Australia.

In order to assist in the advancement of these decarbonization technologies, the government has put in place a range of measures. 

These measures include setting up a CCS/CCUS National Center of Excellence in collaboration with research organizations and academic institutions, enhancing global partnerships within the CCS/CCUS industry, and creating additional regulations and policies. 

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Ariana also clarified that the CCS program in Indonesia is divided into two distinct routes. 

The first option involves CCS implementation under the Oil and Gas Cooperation Contract, allowing Cooperation Contract Contractors to propose CCS activity plans in POD I, ongoing POD, or revisions. On the other hand, the second option allows for the development of CCS as a standalone venture through obtaining a Carbon Storage Target Injection Zone Exploration Permit and Operation Permit.

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