Indonesian oil and gas production company Pertamina EP has decided to capture some of the gas normally flared at its drill sites, to produce Compressed Natural gas (CNG) for use by fishermen, says General Manager of Pertamina EP Eastern Indonesia Region, Satoto Agustono.
“We will compress the gas and sell it to fishermen, particularly in the area of operations in East Kalimantan, for approximately 3,000 rupiah (USD 0.31) per premium litre equivalent. Currently we’re forming a Memorandum of Understanding with Central Fisheries in Semarang to build a CNG station that can be used for fishing, ” Satoto said.
He remarked that although only 0.2 MMSCFD of the 2 MMSCFD produced each day will be used for the vessels, nevertheless the demand is expected to grow could stimulate CNG uptake for land-based vehicles also.
Pertamina will buy 100 engine conversion kits for loaning to the fishermen to get the enterprise underway.
(Source: Asosiasi Perusahaan CNG Indonesia)