The potential of shale gas in Indonesia is estimated at 574 TCF, greater than coal methane, which reached 453.3 TCF and conventional gas of 153 TCF. Not surprising that many investors are interested in developing shale gas. Until now, the government has received 70 proposals shale gas development, 5 of them have completed joint study.
Acting Director General of Oil and Gas, A. Edy Hermantoro, said that PT Pertamina including one of five investors who have completed a joint study and will soon sign a cooperation contract.
Of the 70 proposals received, five proposals have completed joint study, four proposals are conducting joint study, 30 proposals are in the process, 21 proposals will be processed immediately and 10 proposals rejected for incomplete applications.
Edy said that shale gas production is aimed to strengthen national energy security. Currently, industry dominating domestic gas utilization at 42%. Then electricity by 21%, 20% trader, own used 14% and 3% plant.
For the year 2013, the Government will also soon offer a work area of shale gas through the regular tender. The registered blocks that will be offered are North Tarakan Block, Berau Block, Kutai I Block and Kutai II Block. The fourth work area is located on the island of Borneo. Meanwhile, two others located in the South Sumatra, Rama block and Shinta block.
the offering of shale gas work area is the result of study or evaluation study and interpretation of the potential of shale gas in Sumatra and Kalimantan conducted by Oil and Gas Directorate in 2011 and 2012.