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Energy Ministry’s Lemigas, Petrodrill launch CBM rig prototype

JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – The Research and Development Center for Oil and Gas Technology (Lemigas), an agency within the Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Mininstry (ESDM) on Thursday launched a prototype of coal bed methane (CBM) rig, called Rig CBM PPPTMGB.

Lemigas cooperates with Petrodrill Manufaktur Indonesia to fabricate the CBM rig, Lemigas Chairman Usman Pasarai said in a statement. The CBM rig was launched in Petrodrill’s manufacturing plant in Dawuan, Cikarang, West Java on Thursday (Oct 15).

The CBM rig prototype has a 440 horse power (HP) capacity and has the capability to drill at a depth of between 1,000 and 1,500 meters. The rig carrier unit is designed in accordance with the width of roads in Indonesia.

Lemigas claimed that the rig is easily mobilized and can adjust in various road condition.

Lemigas claimed that the local content of the CBM rig is more than 40 percent, which in line with the Energy Ministry’s local content regulation of a minimum of 35 percent.

The Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activity (SKKMigas) has earlier declared 2013 as a year of drilling, prompting Lemigas to develop the rig. SKKMigas targets to drill 412 wells up until end 2015, including CBM wells. The launch of the CBM rig is expected to stimulate more CBM well drilling activities.

The Head Division for Survey and Drill of SKKMigas Ngatijan hailed the introduction of the CBM rig prototype. The CBM rig should encourage oil and gas companies to accelerate the drilling of CBM exploration wells. So far, only 14 CBM wells that has been drilled, out of total target of 119 wells targeted for this year. (*)

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