President Joko Widodo is scheduled to officially open a significant national project, Tangguh Train 3, on Friday, November 24, 2023. This venture involves expanding the LNG refinery in the Tangguh gas field, located in Teluk Bintuni, West Papua.
Tangguh stands out as Indonesia’s leading natural gas producer, strategically contributing to the nation’s gas requirements. Agus Cahyono Adi, Head of the Communication Bureau at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, emphasized the vital role of Tangguh Train 3 in supporting Indonesia’s economic growth and addressing climate change.
The Tangguh LNG facility, operational since 2009, currently comprises offshore gas production facilities supplying three LNG plants, each with a substantial capacity of 3.8 million tons per annum (mtpa).
“With the addition of Train 3, Tangguh is set to become the largest gas producer in Indonesia, contributing approximately 35% of the national production, totaling 11.4 mtpa,” explained Agus.
Notably, this project will implement Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology, a progressive approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. CCS involves capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) from industrial sources and securely storing it, contributing to environmental sustainability.
The inauguration event, attended by President Jokowi alongside Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif, State Secretary Pratikno, and Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia, will also shed light on three other essential projects in West Papua.
These projects, integral to the upstream oil and gas sector, include the Ubadari Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) Project, the downstream blue ammonia project, and the initiation of the Asap Kido Merah (AKM) Natural Gas Field development in the Kasuri working area.
The gas produced from the AKM field will play a crucial role in supporting the raw material supply for the Pupuk Kaltim plant, anticipated to be established in the Fakfak region.
This strategic move not only reinforces Indonesia’s energy security but also showcases the nation’s commitment to sustainable development and environmental responsibility. The collaboration between government initiatives and private sector projects like Tangguh Train 3 marks a significant step towards a more resilient and eco-friendly energy landscape.