TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - PT Pertamina president director Dwi Soetjipto said Indonesia is not fully a gas exporter because Indonesia has already begun importing 1 million standard cubic feet per day (MMscfd) this year. Indonesia is estimated to import gas of 5 MMscfd by 2025.
"The calculation includes gas block development," said Soetjipto on Monday.
According to Soetjipto, Indonesia must be more active in exploring new gas wells to anticipate skyrocketing gas imports. Several difficult locations, such as Natuna, can be explored to discover new gas sources.
"If we can find large reserves like in Ambalat, it can become a solution," said Soetjipto.
Pertamina's gas production has only reached 0.15 MMscfd. In 2025, Pertamina plans to increase its production capacity to two MMscfd.
In 2014, Indonesia's total gas supply reached 6,970 MMscfd and this year, there are potential gas supplies of one MMscfd, making the gas supply increased to 7,569 MMscfd, while gas needs reach 9,613 MMscfd this year.