SKK Migas-Citic Seram Finds Gas Reserves on Seram Island, Maluku

SKK Migas and PSC Contractor Citic Seram Energy Ltd found indications of hydrocarbons in the form of gas through re-testing of seam tests in exploration wells on Seram Island, Maluku. (Doc. SKK Migas)


JAKARTA, – SKK Migas together with the Cooperation Contract Contractor (KKKS) Citic Seram Energy Ltd found indications of hydrocarbons in the form of gas through re-testing of coating tests at the Lofin-2 exploration well (re-entry). The well is located in the Seram Non-Bula Working Area (WK), Seti Village, North Seram Timur Seti District, Central Maluku Regency, Maluku Province. Head of the SKK Migas Drilling Division Surya Widyantoro said, currently the SKK Migas and Citic Seram Energy teams are still and are at the location to monitor and test the strength of the hydrocarbon bursts. Apart from that, Rig GW#123 is still working on retesting the exploration well.

“Flaring during well testing has been carried out and the gas burst is quite good,” he said in a written statement, Sunday (12/2/2023). He explained, the discovery of these gas reserves occurred after re-testing the lining of the Lofin-2 exploration well (re-entry) which has the main objective in the carbonate rock of the Manusela formation. Based on the results of these activities, the Lofin-2 (re-entry) well flows gas of 15.02 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmscfd) at a 64/64-inch choke opening. The re-testing is intended to test and evaluate the potential for hydrocarbons in carbonate rocks of the Manusela formation and to determine the character or behavior of the reservoir, so that this activity plays an important role in the development of the Lofin structure in the future.

As for the status as of 11 February 2023 15.00 WIT, the activities being carried out at the Lofin-2 (re-entry) well are continuing to clean-up wells. For information, the Lofin-2 (re-entry) well was drilled on October 31 2014 and reached a final depth of 19,230 ftMD on July 19 2015. According to Surya, the gas discovery on Seram Island poses considerable challenges in the operation of the exploration well test activities because is in a remote area so it takes quite a long time. “Especially for mobilizing drilling equipment and materials, wells with relatively deep depths and high reservoir pressure,” said the man who is a geographer. Meanwhile, Plt Head of Program and Communication Division of SKK Migas Mohammad Kemal said, the discovery of these gas reserves is a breath of fresh air from the massive, aggressive and efficient exploration activities that are continuously being carried out by SKK Migas and the KKKS. He also revealed that there is also potential for oil reserves on Seram Island, Maluku which are still quite large, and at least the potential for oil reserves can reach 5 billion barrels. “We have potential oil reserves, namely Seram Island and Warim Papua, and thank God there are already investors who are interested in seeing the data,” said Kemal.


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