Indonesia’s state-backed energy company Pertamina aims to work with Japan’s Mitsui to undertake a joint study for carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) technology at the firm’s upstream assets in central Sumatra.
In early December, Pertamina President Director Nicke Widyawati held talks with Toru Iijima, COO of Energy Business Unit 1 and Energy Solution Business Unit at Mitsui, regarding cooperation between the two companies. “For one hour, we shared about the cooperation on the feasibility study of implementing CCUS technology in Central Sumatra, as well as exploring the possibility of building long-term strategic partnerships in the development of new and renewable energy,” reported the head of Pertamina.
As Energy Voice reported in April, Mitsui and Pertamina announced plans to jointly study carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) commercialisation options in Indonesia.
Mitsui said in a statement at that time that the feasibility study aims to evaluate the carbon dioxide (CO2) subsurface storage capacity of mature oil and gas fields operated by Pertamina, where production is declining, in Indonesia.
The Rokan Block, home to the Duri and Minas oil fields, in Riau, is one of Indonesia’s largest onshore blocks and will be considered for its CCUS potential.
The pair plan to study potential commercialisation with the goal of building a CCUS value chain, including capture and transportation of CO2 emitted from industrial plants, power generation plants, and other facilities.
Mitsui said the study will also explore the potential of receiving CO2 not only from within Indonesia, but also from other nations, including Japan, via ship transportation, aiming to create a new low-carbon solution business in Indonesia.