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First cargo from Indonesia’s Tangguh LNG project

07 July 2009

BP, as operator on behalf of the Tangguh project partners, announced that the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has today been lifted from the Tangguh LNG project in Papua Barat, Indonesia.
The departure of the first cargo marks the start-up of the Tangguh project, just over four years after its final sanction by the Government of Indonesia in March 2005.

First cargo from Indonesia’s Tangguh LNG project
First cargo from Indonesia’s Tangguh LNG project

The first cargo, on board the Tangguh Foja, is bound for POSCO’s LNG regasification terminal in Gwangyang in South Korea.

“The start-up of Tangguh is a significant milestone and further strengthens BP’s Asia-Pacific gas business,” said Andy Inglis, BP’s chief executive of exploration and production.

“Tangguh is a complex project that has been delivered with world class capital efficiency. Its success is a tribute to the close co-operation throughout its development between BP and the Government of Indonesia, regulators, partners, contractors and particularly local communities in Papua.”

William Lin, BP’s president of exploration and production for Asia-Pacific, added: “While today marks the culmination of many years of hard work by BP and our partners, it also represents the beginning of a new chapter. We will now move from project development to the operations phase, and continue to focus on safely and reliably delivering Indonesia’s gas resources to markets across the world for decades to come.”

Tangguh, Indonesia’s third LNG centre after Bontang and Arun, comprises the development of six gas fields in the Wiriagar, Berau and Muturi production sharing contracts in the Bintuni area of Papua in eastern Indonesia. Gas produced from two normally unmanned offshore platforms is fed via 22-kilometre pipelines to two onshore liquefaction trains, each with a production capacity of 3.8 million tonnes a year of LNG. Train 1 began LNG production in mid-June, producing the LNG for the first cargo, and Train 2 is expected to commence this quarter.

Tangguh is operated by BP Indonesia, with a 37.16% interest, as a contractor to the Indonesian oil and gas regulator, BPMIGAS. Other partners in the project are MI Berau B.V. (16.3%), CNOOC Ltd. (13.9%), Nippon Oil Exploration (Berau) Ltd. (12.23%), KG Berau/KG Wiriagar (10%), LNG Japan Corporation (7.35%) and Talisman (3.06%).

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