JAKARTA: PT Pertamina (Persero) is optimistic the production of West Madura Offshore Block (WMO) at the end of this year may reach 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) and 170 million cubic feet of gas per day (MMSCFD).
Upstream Director Pertamina Muhammad Husen said the production of WMO until May 2012 was still not able to reach 15,500 bpd.
"But with the injection of the budget nearly quadrupled from a year ago, we believe WMO production can reach the target," he told in an official website of BP Migas today.
The budget for WMO is composed of Budget Investments of approximately US$540 million and Operating Budgets of approximately US$135 million.
PHE WMO plans to drill nine exploration wells, 12 development wells, and 15 work over wells this year. As of today, as many as six development wells and one exploration well has been drilled.
As it is known, WMO Block is working hard to counter natural decline in production since there was no investment for several times. Before the block is managed by PHE WMO, the block was managed by Kodeco Energy for 30 years.
Until May 7, 2011, the government handed over the management to WMO block, which is a subsidiary of PT Pertamina (Persero). When it was given to Pertamina, the block production of about 13,000 bpd, continues to decline from the previous level which had touched 26 000 bpd.
Besides natural decline, PHE WMO is also facing another problem which is lack of human resources to achieve the production target. In 2016, the block is targeted to produce up to 40,000 bpd and 210 MMSCFD or equal with 75,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. (T03/aph)