Indonesia's Pertamina To Spend $700MM On Mahakam Oil, Gas Block Next Year


JAKARTA, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Indonesia's state energy firm Pertamina plans to spend $700 million on the upkeep of its offshore Mahakam oil and gas block next year to maintain production, a company official said on Thursday.

Pertamina is set to take over as the block's main operator on Jan. 1, 2018 from Total E&P Indonesie, a unit of French major Total, and Japan's Inpex Corp.

Syamsu Alam, Pertamina's upstream director, said the company was "concerned about managing production".

"From our evaluation of drilling and maintenance of facilities, we estimate (we will) spend $700 million," Alam told a news conference, referring to 2018.

"With capital expenditure as big as that, we hope to be able to maintain production," he added.

Total expected Mahakam's gas output to drop to 1.43 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) in 2017 and oil production to 53,000 barrels per day (bpd), both down from the block's 2016 production levels, it said last December.

Pertamina did not provide production estimates for 2018.

In May, Total and Inpex proposed taking a 39 percent stake in the new production sharing contract (PSC) for the block, but no progress has been made on those talks.

Pertamina will also have to sell 10 percent of the block to the government of East Kalimantan province, officials have previously said.

(Reporting by Bernadette Christina Munthe; Writing by Kanupriya Kapoor; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)


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