Premier Inks Natuna Gas Transportation Agreement
Friday, October 31, 2008
Further to the signing of three Gas Sales Agreements (GSAs) for gas sales from the Premier operated West Natuna Sea Block A Production Sharing Contract (PSC) area to Batam Island in Indonesia and to Singapore, Premier and its PSC co-venturers are delighted to announce that a fully termed Gas Transportation Agreement (GTA) was signed in Jakarta earlier today for the gas deliveries to Singapore and that further agreements for the gas deliveries to Batam are expected to follow shortly.
These gas supplies will fulfill the energy needs of the economically growing Batam region and sales to Singapore will add further economic value from West Natuna for the Government of Indonesia.
One of the GSAs is for gas into the Singapore market and this newly signed GTA provides contractual rights to transport gas in excess of the delivery volumes. The GTA was agreed among all of the West Natuna Transportation System (WNTS) pipeline partners.
The WNTS pipeline is greater than 600 kilometers in length, for the most part has a 28 inch diameter and carries gas from three Indonesian PSC concession areas (Block A, Block B and Kakap) to Singapore. The WNTS is expected to be expanded to include a spur line to Batam Island.
"We are delighted to have progressed from a Gas Sales Agreement to a fully termed Gas Transportation Agreement in such a short period of time," said Simon Lockett, Premier's Chief Executive. "The signing of this key agreement, which was a condition to the earlier signed GSA, will allow commencement of our project that will provide first gas to Batam and Singapore targeted for 2010. We are also very pleased to be making important progress on GTAs for both our Batam gas customers and these are expected to follow shortly."