INPEX submits revised plan for Indonesian LNG project to incorporate carbon capture and storage components
(WO) – INPEX CORPORATION has submitted a revised Plan of Development (POD) for Abadi LNG Project incorporating a carbon capture and storage (CCS) component to Indonesian government authorities on behalf of the joint venture composed of INPEX and Shell.
In February 2022, INPEX announced its long-term strategy, “INPEX Vision @2022,” towards a net zero carbon society by 2050. As part of this initiative, the company has been in dialogue with the authorities to ensure the LNG project’s competitiveness and sustainability from a long-term perspective for the duration of the energy transition, and to render the project clean and capable of responding to changes in the external environment.
As a result, INPEX amended the revised POD to include plans to neutralize all carbon dioxide emitted from natural gas production at the Abadi Gas Field through the introduction of CCS. In addition, other circumstances facilitating the LNG project’s implementation have been restored, enabling the submission of the revised POD at this time.
In March 2023, Indonesia enacted a Ministerial Regulation of Energy and Mineral Resources on Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCS/CCUS) in the oil and gas business. Accordingly, the LNG project is expected to be the first CCS project to be carried out as a cost recovery business based on the production sharing contract framework governing upstream oil and gas projects in Indonesia.
Going forward, INPEX expects to sequentially resume activities associated with the LNG project, including various on-site activities, and prepare to begin FEED work subject to the authorities’ approval of the revised POD and taking into account other circumstances concerning the project’s development status.
INPEX expects to complete the necessary preparations, including marketing and financing activities, and proceed with the project aiming to reach a final investment decision (FID) in the latter half of the 2020s and commence production in the early 2030s as outlined in INPEX Vision@2022.
The project is expected to be INPEX’s second self-operated, large-scale natural gas development project following the Ichthys LNG Project in Australia. The project’s annual LNG production volume is expected to reach 9.5 million tons, equivalent to more than 10% of Japan's annual LNG imports.
The Abadi Gas Field is expected to contribute to improving energy security in Indonesia, Japan, and other Asian countries, based on its world-leading gas field properties and plentiful reserves enabling efficient development and its CCS component allowing the stable supply of clean energy over the long term.
In addition, the project is expected to contribute significantly to the much-needed economic development of the eastern part of Indonesia in particular, and to achieving Indonesia’s goal of reaching net zero CO2 emissions by 2060.