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Tanimbar Regency Head clears way for Masela Block onshore plant location

JAKARTA ( – The Head of Tanimbar Island Regency, in the Maluku Province has identified a plot of land with total size of 1,500 hectares that would be used by Inpex Corp. to develop Masela Block onshore LNG processing plant, increased from an initial plan of 600 hectares.

Tanimbar Islands Regency Head Petrus Fatlolon made the above statement based on the talks of Tanimbar Islands Regency Head, representatives of Maluku Province, Ministry of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning, SKK Migas and Inpex in Saumlaki on Jan. 30, 2019.

The meeting was an effort to speed up the development of the Masela Block project facilities, local media BeritaBeta reported.

He said the land plot for the project will be located in the South Tanimbar subdistrict, however, the exact location is yet to be determined.

The development of Masela Block has been delayed after the Joko Widodo government instructed Inpex to build an onshore LNG plant, instead of an offshore LNG plant in the form of floating LNG (FLNG).

The decision has prompted Inpex to re-submit the PoD of the block development. The PoD of the project is being prepared by Inpex.

At present the ministry, in this case, the Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas (SKK Migas) is evaluating the Pre-Front End Engineering Design (Pre-FEED) of the Abadi Field in Masela Block. Once Pre-FEED is approved, the operator can move ahead with PoD.

Earlier, KBR, Inc (NYSE:KBR), a global EPC company has been awarded a pre-FEED contract by INPEX Corporation through its subsidiary INPEX Masela Ltd for the Abadi onshore LNG Project in the Arafura Sea in Indonesia. (*)

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