Tangguh LNG project weathers Indonesian earthquake

Eric Watkins
OGJ Oil Diplomacy Editor

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 5 -- Operator BP PLC said that its Tangguh LNG project, which lies in the Bintuni Bay area, is operating normally despite a 6.1-magnitude earthquake that hit West Papua, Indonesia, on Oct 4.

“The earthquake in Manokwari was not felt at the LNG project location. The operation is running normally,” said BP Indonesia country head Nico Kanter.

Indonesia’s Geophysics, Climatology, and Meteorology Agency said the epicenter of the quake was 123 km northwest of Manokwari, West Papua, at a depth of 56 km.

The announcement follows reports last week that piped supplies of Indonesian gas from South Sumatra to Singapore—which account for more than a third of the city-state's needs—were not disrupted by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake in West Sumatra on Sept. 30.

The report followed checks by the Singapore importer, Gas Supply Pte. Ltd. (GSPL), with ConocoPhilips, the field operator.

GSPL, a subsidiary of Temasek Holdings, imports 350 MMscfd of gas from Grissik, South Sumatra, representing 37% of total Singapore imports of 940 MMscfd currently.

The Sumatran gas purchased by GSPL is transported through a 477-km, high-pressure pipeline starting at Corridor in South Sumatra, through Jambi and Jabung enroute to Batam, and then on to Singapore.

Contact Eric Watkins at hippalus@yahoo.com.

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