Exploration Drilling in Indonesia in 2022

Drilling by Pertamina Hulu Energy at Offshore North West Java – Photo by Rick Patenaude

The year 2022 has been quite an active and eventful year for the oil and gas industry in Indonesia, especially in drilling.

Oil and gas operators drilled 760 development wells in 2022. This is slightly below its target of 790 wells, but it is a big increase from 480, the number of development wells drilled in 2021. We expect to see even higher drilling activities as the target of development drilling in 2023 is set at 991 wells.

In exploration drilling, oil and gas operators in Indonesia spudded 30 exploration wells in 2022 compared to 28 wells in 2021.

Out of the 27 exploration wells which were completed in 2022, 22 of them tested hydrocarbon resulting in an 81% success ratio in exploration drilling.

Here are the 22 exploration wells that tested hydrocarbon.

Reentry TDE C-1X LSWGasPertamina Hulu Mahakam
MPT-1XGasPertamina Hulu Mahakam
Camelia – 001GasPertamina EP
Kenanga – 001GasPertamina EP
SGET – 001Oil and gasPertamina EP
SA S-1Oil and gasSele Raya Belida
GASOP D South – 1GasSele Raya Belida
JTB – 2X             GasPHE Ogan Komering
Flamboyan – 1XGasMedco
Timpan – 1GasHarbour Energy, Mubadala, BP
NSO – R2Oil and gasPHE – North Sumatra Offshore
NSO – S2GasPHE – North Sumatra Offshore
Anambas – 2XGasKUFPEC
Nuri – 1XOilBumi Siak Pusako (BSP)
SRT – 1XOil and gasPHE Jambi Merang
Wilela – 001GasPertamina EP
GQX – 1Oil and gasPHE – Offshore North West Java
Bajakah – 1Oil and gasPertamina EP
Kolibri – 001GasPertamina EP
Phoenix – 1XGasPertamina Hulu Sanga Sanga
Markisa – 001GasPertamina EP
Kembo – 001Oil and gasPertamina EP

Here are the locations of the exploration wells.

Locations of the 22 discovery wells in 2022. Graphic provided by SKK Migas.

We expect to see a huge increase in exploration drilling in 2023 with a target of 57 wells as Indonesia is serious in its intention to meet its targets of producing 1 million barrels of oil per day and 12 billion SCF of gas per day by 2030.  

Here are synopses of oil and gas production, field development, and exploration activities in Indonesia in 2022, and what we can expect to see in 2023, according to SKK Migas.

This post is adapted by LDI Training from information provided by SKK Migas.

Jamin Djuang

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