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2 40th Annual General Meeting

3 35th IPA Convention & Exhibition
7 Committee Highlights
13 Company Profile
Talisman Energy

14 CSR
Statoils CSR:
Leaving Sustainable Footprints

15 News Flash
16 Professional Division Section

Foreword from the IPA Board

Elisabeth Proust
IPA Officer

Dear IPA Members...

On this special occasion, I would like to wish you a very
Happy New Year on behalf of the IPA Board of Directors.
For all our members and their families, I wish health,
prosperity and a lot of pleasure at work.
May also this year be a year of positive growth and
development for the oil and gas industry in Indonesia
and a year of hope and success to us all.
As you may see in this edition of IPA newsletter, the IPA
has been conducting many activities and new initiatives
in 2011. The IPA organized the biggest IPA Annual
Convention and Exhibition ever held in 2011 and took
strategic steps to convey industrys key messages and
concerns for the development of oil and gas industry in
In this 4th edition of IPA newsletter, you may find a
special section on the Professional Division Activities
which promote and facilitate the transfer of technical
information and advancing new technologies to
individuals and companies working in the upstream oil
and gas industry in Indonesia
In 2011, the IPA Board and Committees have conducted
numerous meetings and have initiated advocacy efforts

with Government Authorities and the DPR to try to

resolve industrys issues and challenges. We have made
the government aware of the challenges facing the
industry as well as the challenges and expectations of
both domestic and foreign investors.
We believe that the Industry is now in urgent need for
the government of Indonesia to create the positive
investment climate that is needed to increase
investment and production, and the IPA is well placed
to work collaboratively with the government to meet the
challenges ahead for the benefit of Indonesia, its people
and all industry stakeholders.
We hope for the best in 2012. The government is trying
to implement policies that foster Indonesias economic
growth and because oil and gas investment, from initial
investment to production, can take a significant number
of years, it is important for the right policies to be put in
place now in order to secure Indonesias future energy
As the primary source of credible information and the
representative association for the industry in Indonesia,
the IPA is ready to work closely with respective
government institutions to achieve our mutual
objectives, we need to bring valuable information to all
the stakeholders and act as problem solver.
I am confident that with the same solidarity among
the members we had in 2011, constructive debates
and positive behaviours, we can impact favourably our
environment and make 2012 a successful year.
I wish you an informative and enjoyable reading of this
newsletter and look forward to seeing you at the 36th
IPA Convention and Exhibition on 23rd - 25th May 2012 at
the JCC and at various other IPA events and gatherings
during 2012!

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of oil and gas to benefit Indonesian economic growth for

the people of Indonesia.
2011 has also been a very busy year for most of the IPA
Committees, with attention being focused on the newly
issued Government Regulations No. 79/2010 on Cost Recovery, the planned revision of the Oil and Gas Law and
other regulations that have created uncertainty amongst
investors. Numerous meetings, lobbying activities and
ongoing negotiations with the respective government
institutions have been conducted by the IPA committees
to deal with these respective industry issues in order to
help create a positive investment climate within the oil
and gas industry and to improve the performance of this
industry for the benefit of all stakeholders.

On December 7, 2011 the IPA held its 40th Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Dharmawangsa Hotel to deliver the IPA Presidents Report, the Financial Report
and the IPA Committee representatives reports on the
various activities undertaken during the year as well as
the plan for future activities to the IPA members.
The event was attended by 110 industry representatives
from the IPA Company Members and Associate Members groups.
In his Presidents Report, Jim Taylor highlighted that in
2011 Indonesia has shown strong economic growth of
around 6.5% which is expected to continue in future and
that the country needs energy to fuel this future growth.
A sustainable, growing energy supply is a prerequisite
to achieving the sustained economic growth that is targeted by the government.
Jim added that to secure Indonesias future energy supply, aggressive efforts, major new exploration and infrastructure investment and a supportive regulatory
environment are essential. Without further significant
investment, exploration activity will continue to decline
and Indonesias oil and gas potential will not bring any
additional value and benefits to the State and its people.
Jim also highlighted other key issues that are currently
being faced by the industry in Indonesia and that are being addressed by the IPA, including Government Regulation No 79/2010, Revisions to the Oil and Gas Law, Gas
Price competitiveness, PSC Licence extension policy and
the new Bank Indonesia regulation of Foreign Exchange
The IPAs summary view is that the Governments priorities and concerns should be moved from managing cost
recovery to the managing and creation of new supplies

In his concluding remarks, Jim Taylor conveyed his

thanks and gratitude to the IPA Committees who have
continued to contribute valuable time and resources to
support the IPA. In addition, he also mentioned the need
to work collaboratively with government to achieve the
principle objective of promoting the petroleum industry
in Indonesia to achieve the essential exploration investment that is so critical to sustaining and growing future
energy supplies. Collectively, these messages reinforced
the IPA Mission which is To maximize the hydrocarbon
potential of Indonesia for the benefit of all stakeholders;
the contractors, the government and the people of Indonesia.

This year AGM was also marked by the organization of

the first IPA year-end press conference which was attended by 25 international and national media representatives. The press conference has generated almost 50
items of positive media coverage that conveyed a consistent IPA message for the development of oil & gas industry in Indonesia.

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35th Annual IPA Convention and
Exhibition 2011: The Biggest in Its

The new feature in the IPA Convex which is the Energy Edutainment Corner also recorded an additional
1,420 visitors to the event.

The large numbers of visitors in this year IPA Convex has

reflected the strong enthusiasm and hope from within
the industry for the development of the oil and gas industry in Indonesia.
In their Opening Addresses, H.E. Vice President
Boediono and the then Minister of Energy and Mineral
Resources, Darwin Z. Saleh, conveyed the following

The 35th Annual IPA Convention & Exhibition 2011 which
was held on May 18-20, 2011 at the Jakarta Convention
Center with the theme :
Indonesia Energy:
Growth, Security and Sustainability
Our theme was all about the country being poised for
economic growth; needing energy to fuel this growth
while also ensuring the security and sustainability of
future energy supply. It was agreed that Indonesia can
be self-sustaining in its energy supply as Indonesia does
have that potential. Its a question of realizing that potential to provide its own energy requirements. And then
it is about policies and regulations to ensure that the
energy supply continues to be secured, which in turn is
about reinvestment, exploring for the future, exploring
to unlock the untapped resources both in conventional
oil and gas, non-conventional gas, CBM, shale gas, new
and renewable energy. It is also about the proper use
and the efficient use of that energy.
The 35th IPA Convention and Exhibition (Convex) was
the biggest IPA Convention & Exhibition ever held in its
34 years of history. It was officially opened by H.E. Vice
President Boediono for the second consecutive years
and has set several records as follows:

150 companies exhibiting in 4,200 square meters of

space compared to 120 companies in 3,300 sqm last
The visitors this year also doubled to 7,000 people
compared to 4,000 people last year.

Government has a clear understanding of the need

to attract investment into the energy sector and their
determination to support industry in addressing any
issues causing concern.
With regard to regulations, the government believes that issues raised last year on cost recovery
and income tax and cabotage have been adequately
addressed. However, there is recognition that other
areas have not improved perceptibly, notably the
process of approval of a variety of implementation
permits involving both central and local institutions.
A recognition that gas is the energy resource of
the future a step change in exploration activity is
needed to unlock untapped reserves and gas infrastructure development is also a priority, including
gas pipelines on Java and additional Floating Storage and Regasifications Units in several locations in
Java and Sumatra to supply gas for power generation, manufacturing activities, transportation and
domestic use. In addition, pricing of the gas must be
market driven to attract investors.
Government also acknowledged that it needs to develop unconventional gas and renewable energy, if
necessary under terms appropriate to the nature of
the resources to achieve energy self-sustainability.
HE the Vice President also expressed a measure of
disappointment that oil targets were not being met
but reiterated that he is certain that all of us, industry and government alike, will do everything possible
to redress that situation.

In his Opening Address, the then President of IPA Ron

Aston emphasized that :

Indonesia is poised for strong economic growth and

needs energy to fuel it. It also needs to secure energy supplies for the future and to do so in a sustainable manner.
The country has huge natural resources and can be
self sustaining in its energy requirements by un-

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locking them. Focus needs to move from mature oil

production to realising the potential of gas reserves,
both conventional and unconventional and other
forms of energy and renewables.
Industry needs to explore for, develop and produce
gas in increasingly difficult frontier areas in order
to meet domestic needs and still generate valuable
export revenues. To achieve this, will require a step
change in exploration activity and huge additional
investment. Policies should be aimed at encouraging this and the IPAs principal role is to coordinate
with the government to ensure it happens.
The oil and gas sector is the true enabler of the
economy, the key to future economic growth and
success as it makes an enormous contribution to
the economic wellbeing of the country; it accounts
for 7% of Indonesias GDP and contributes over 25%
to state budget revenues. The sector also provides
direct employment for over 300,000 Indonesian
workers and indirect employment for the countless
more. It contributes almost US$19 billion in direct

Whats needed to secure energy supply:

Gas: represents the future focus in Indonesia, but
brings with it more complexity and a need for far
greater financing particularly when the gas is found
in remote and very challenging areas. To supply domestic requirement, it needs domestic infrastructure- transmission pipelines, liquefaction plants,
receiveing terminals all of which must be underpinned by long term supply agreements to secure
the necessary financing. The principal driver will be
price the gas price must be market driven and not
limited by producers providing indirect subsidies to
end users.
Exploration: is the key to future production and it is
essential to encourage as much activity as possible.
Exploration terms offered should be competitive to
attract investment in an increasingly challenging
and competitive global environment.
Industry must also be encouraged to explore for and
develop the extensive Unconventional Gas Resource
that Indonesia possesses. In doing so, it need to be
supported by appropriate regulations, incentives
and partnerships to ensure that the necessary investment is forthcoming.

sential to keep the investment climate positive.

The three (3) Plenary Sessions were very well attended and achieved their objective of providing a forum
for distinguished speakers and guests to have an open
exchange views and opinions on industry 3 (three) key
issues. A brief summary of the Presentations and key
discussion points is shown below:
Plenary Session 1 - How Can Indonesia Re-Establish
Energy Independence in a Growing Economy:

The Policies Needed to Boost Investment :

In order to obtain the level of funding needed to secure
Indonesias future energy requirements (US$ 23 billion
per annum from 2020 onwards Source:BCG), it is es-

GR 79 on Cost Recovery: strong cooperation between the Government and industry is required in
finalizing the implementing guidelines to the GR
which continues to concern the industry.
Fiscal Regime: that is tailored to a maturing oil sector whilst incentivizing gas development and exploration activity.
Regulatory regime that facilitates approvals in
speedy fashion the IPA strongly believes this
would have the greatest impact on increasing current production.
PSC Extensions: a clear and transparent process
for extending the Production Sharing Contract
should be established. The absence of a transparent
process will lead to a slowdown of investment in the
final years of the PSC and a consequent deceleration
of production.
Early engagement: as a partner of the Government,
the IPA welcomes early engagement in energy policy
formulation and ongoing collaboration in the regulatory process.

There is a change of paradigm in the role of oil and

gas: from merely being a source of State Revenue to
becoming the driver of economic growth as industrial feedstock, domestic fuel and in generating a
multiplier effect.
For Indonesia to reach energy Independence, the
country has to :
increase exploration and production activities to
improve oil and gas reserves
develop oil and gas infrastructure
develop unconventional oil and gas
have a reliable and affordable oil and gas price
and ensure oil and gas conservation
establish effective management of oil and gas
development based on the principles of sustainability.
In order to grow and be independent, the country
MUST attract significant investment, not only in oil
and gas, but in all forms of energy.
In conclusion, the Government should ensure that

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the energy must become available, accessible and
As endorsed by the independent view from the Boston
Consulting Group during this plenary session, the large
investment that is needed in Indonesia demands 4 Must
Haves :

Proven material and accessible resources

Clear and consistent regulation
A stable judicial and political environment
Competitive economics.

These key areas are becoming more and more critical as companies focus on return over growth and all
of the distinguished speakers endorsed the view that
through cooperation and collaboration, these goals can
be achieved.
Then in the afternoon session, the Plenary Session 2
discussed the Role of Gas in Meeting Indonesias Economic Growth Potential.
As Pak Priyono outlined in his speech, with a view that
was endorsed by the distinguished speakers from the
Parliament, PLN, PGN and industry stakeholders;

Domestic demand for Gas is increasing at a projected 24% per year

Remaining large gas reserves to be discovered are
likely to be located in eastern areas within Indonesia, often in deepwater locations that are technically
challenging and expensive to develop
there is a clear requirement for an integrated National Gas Policy in Indonesia encompassing supply management, transportation management and
demand management, including domestic pricing
policy, to support the huge investment that is needed to produce the estimated 400 MMscf per day of
additional production that is required to fulfill this

And finally at the Plenary Session 3 in the discussion on:

The Role of Unconventional and Renewable Resources
to Indonesias future Energy Security and Sustainability, we heard a stimulating discussion and numerous
questions on how to turn the Unconventionals of today
into the Conventionals of tomorrow. It was remarked

Indonesia has proven, world-class potential in renewable and unconventional resources but they
need to be developed in conjunction with conventional resources within an overall Energy Policy and

also by learning from the experiences of other countries

Again, we heard of the need for Government and Industry stakeholders to work in strong partnership
and create the demand for Renewables in order to
stimulate Supply and Infrastructure development
for the benefit of all stakeholders
And finally, a recognition that the time to act is NOW
to establish the regulatory framework and pricing
policies that will encourage investment in these
technically challenging areas so that renewable
and unconventional resources can take their place
alongside conventional resources in Indonesias future energy mix.

The Energy Edutainment Corner (EEC) was also achieved

its goal as to advocate the public, specifically the young
generations, with regard to the history and development
of oil and gas industry in Indonesia. EEC has attracted
more than 1,400 visitors, of which 60 percent were students from 22 schools and universities. As a follow up
initiative, the movie shown at the EEC was donated to
the Indonesian Oil & Gas Museum Graha Widya Patra
at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. This is inline with IPAs
mission which is to promote education and knowledge
transfer to the public.
Furthermore, as part of IPAs commitment to promote
higher education for underprivileged students, at the
Closing Ceremony of the IPA Convex, the IPA awarded
scholarships worth 100 million rupiah to the selected
under-privileged high-school students in Jakarta areas
in cooperation with YKAI (Yayasan Kesejahteraan Anak
1. Category of Engineering and Formation Evaluation:
Successful application of combined impact hammer and hydraulic shifting tool run on coil tubing for
SSD manipulation in highly deviated wells A case
history from Offshore North West Java presented
by Hermawan Susanto (Pertamina Hulu Energi,
2. Category of HSE, Community Development, Business, and Commercial: Managing overlapping land
usage presented by Surya Safari (VICO).
3. Category of Geology: A sequence stratigraphic
frame work of the Sunda region based on integra-

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tion of bio-stratigraphic lithological and seismic
data from Namconson basin, Vietnam presented by
Robert J Morley (Palynova Limited).
4. Category of Geophysics: Filling the inversion gap
without well data : Multi-level sources and streamers help improve inversion presented by Martin
Bayly (WesternGeco, Schlumberger).
5. Best Award of Overall (Professional): Early carbonate growth in the East Java basin Indonesia : A case
study from the Jimbaran field presented by Stefan
Van Simaeys (ExxonMobil Exploration company).
6. Category of Poster (Professional): True amplitude
preserved multi-azimuth pre-stack deth migration
for structural and reservoir characterization (Sisi
Nubi field, Indonesia) presented by M. Baturin
(Total E &P Indonesie).

7. Category of Student (oral): 3D modeling of Kerek

turbidite sand bodies based on out crop studies in
Kedung Jati area, Central Java : An analogue for
sandy miocene formation in Western Kendeng Zone
presented by Fery Andika Cahyo (UPN Veteran,
8. Category of Student (poster): Hydrocarbon production during underbalance drilling A mathematical model to predict well productivity presented by
Samuel Zulkhifly Sinaga (ITB, Bandung).
Best Booth 50 sqm or larger: INPEX
Best Booth 18 sqm-50 sqm: ELNUSA
Best Booth for smaller size 9 sqm: SCOMI
Most Favourite Booth by Public Votes: MEDCO

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Commitee Highlights
Communications Committee
For the second semester of 2011 the committee has set
three main focuses of activities as follows:
1. Stakeholder Awareness and Reputation Management
Building public awareness
on the IPA
Enhancing IPA reputation as the reliable partner
of the Government of Indonesia
2. External communication activities to achieve IPAs
Vision and Objectives
Building trust and understanding between the
IPA, Government and Media as well as other
strategic stakeholders
Supporting key-issues advocacy
Outreaching through community engagement
3. Internal Communication activities
Feeding the Board with industry news and media
briefing materials
Leveraging expertise within the IPA to provide
knowledge contribution to universities, media
and other stakeholders
Assisting in databank improvement, IPA website
content and communication to members

Data Management Committee

1. Continue as liaison to Government and industry for
Data Management issues
Involve in IPA Exploration Committee.
Start collaboration work in addressing data
management challenge to improve oil and gas
industry climate investment.
2. Work with IPA Members and Patra Nusa Data on
Data Disaster Recovery Plan
Review PND services, including possibility for
PND to also manage closed and hardcopy data.
3. Start discussion on the possibility of returning open
area data that still kept by IPA members

Environment & Safety Committee

During 2011, periodic dialogue and developing
partnerships have been done with related stakeholders
through courtesy visits and formal or informal
meetings. These sessions have been conducted with
several regulatory bodies such as KNLH, MIGAS,
Sea Communication Transportation, BPMIGAS and
professional institution IAKKI/ISPA (Indonesian Safety
Professional Association), IATMI (Indonesian Petroleum
Engineers Association), Society of Petroleum Engineer

(SPE) and Global Methane initiatives, Global Initiatives

in Oil Spill Response Management. The IPA ESC is also
represented in the ICCOSH- Institute Certifications of
Competence of Occupation safety and Health and has
become a member of the Board. Meetings have been
held periodically to discuss many issues and to socialize
standards of competence.
The IPA ESC was chosen as an important partner to be
consulted by the KNLH office relating to the development
of environmental implementing regulations. High level
positions i.e. Deputy of Ministry, have attended in the IPA
ESC session discussions or workshops.
Currently the committee have been deeply involved in
four (4) drafts of Implementing regulations as follows:
Environmental Impact Assessment and Environment
Air Pollution Controlling Management
Water Pollution Controlling Management
Hazardous Material, Hazardous Waste and Dumping
Related to these draft regulations, one of the committees
priorities will focus on the mechanism of dumping of
Drilling Cutting or waste for offshore operations.
On top of the four draft implementing regulations, the
Committee has also identified some concerns regarding
Tier 3 Response for Oil Spill Response Management,
specifically regarding the support from GOI to establish
an effective international assistance mechanism. The
Committee has completed a White paper on Oil Spill
Response. This paper is intended to provide the current
update or information on the existing related regulatory
issues on oil spill response management, together with
the existing Practice and Challenges.
Following several fatality accidents in 2011, the
committee also has an initiative to cooperate with the
Indonesian Safety Professional Association (ISPA/IAKKI)
to organize a periodic safety discussion forum, identify
lessons learnt and directly listen to details concerning
these incidents from affected parties, discuss root causes
and develop proposed actions to avoid recurrence.
The discussion forum was established with a non
blaming culture and was well facilitated to create values
of sharing information among professionals, industries
and the regulator, with the collective aim to lead the
industry towards a world class safety culture.

Exploration Committee
The Exploration Committee is charged with providing
recommendations to the IPA Board of Directors to
promote increasing the level of exploration investment
and also improving the efficiency of exploration activities.
Three sub-committees have been established in order to

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focus on particular aspects of exploration activities:

Regulatory procedures and management of PSC

activities, WP&B, AFEs
Data access and management
Exploration investment climate, bid rounds, fiscal

The goal for the sub-committees is to seek constructive

dialog on various aspects affecting exploration
investment and efficiency in order to be able to
recommend and implement measures which will result
in an increase in exploration activity and ultimately lead to
discovery of new hydrocarbon resources and provinces.
This is particularly important to address given the poor
industry response to recent bid rounds and the decadelong downward trend in new field wildcat exploration
drilling activity in Indonesia.

Finance & Tax Committee

1. Supporting the IPA Board of Director in engaging
various stakeholders of oil and gas industry to
improve the understanding on cost recovery, the
importance of cost recovery, and the impact of
changes in cost recovery mechanism to the industry.
2. Continuously working with BPMIGAS, MIGAS and
DGT to ensure the principal of PSC income tax
calculation is following the current tax principal
under the existing PSCs.
3. Continuously engage and collaborate with BPMIGAS,
BKF and other stakeholders:
a. to immediately issue the implementing
procedure for tax borne by Government on
Parent Company Charges and other charges
coming from head office and the amendment/
revision of PMK 73/2010 (with the involvement
of DG of State Budget and DGT).
b. to maintain the current tax treatment on cost
sharing/cost allocation inter and intra PSC
companies and on drilling services; and to
obtain clarification on transfer pricing reporting
requirements for oil and gas industry.
4. To engage IPA Board of Director to provide input
for BPMIGAS Management for the improvement of
Work Program & Budget process, which should be
more focus on the strategic issues with a longer
term vision.
5. Continue to proactively engage and conduct dialogue
with the DGT to share the progress on industry
cost recovery issues and progress on BPKP audit
exceptions; and to coordinate and advocate audit
issues raised by BPK, BPKP and BPMIGAS auditors
for appropriate attention and resolution.
6. To conduct regular meeting and/or teleconference
with Finance and Tax Committee (core) team to
share knowledge, to discuss issues and agree on
the strategic action point to progress/resolve the
industry issues and to conduct a wider industry

Finance and Tax Committee information meeting

during the year.

Human Resources Committee

1. Provided advocacy on GR 79/2010 related to HR
items to BPMIGAS and other department. We raised
in issue that remuneration both expat and national
should not be capped, but based on competitive
markets. Also, Pension and other employee benefits
should honor existing Collective Labor Agreement
of respective companies. We met also with APINDO
chairman on this subject.
2. Provided inputs and subject matter experts on draft
of BPMIGAS PTK-018 revision. We suggested the
guidelines should be more strategic and not to give
more burden administrative to PSC.
3. Continued to provide inputs to BPMIGAS regarding
implementation of the extension of employment for
national employees after regular retirement age of
56 years. As each PSC may have different operational
needs, PSC should be given flexibility on the timing
and transition for smooth implementation of each
4. Provided inputs to both BPMIGAS and MIGAS on
RPTK/IMTA process. We expect an integrated review,
coordination, and consistency between BPMIGAS/
MIGAS. Objective is to have more efficient process,
such that there will be no business impact, cost and
impromptu/sudden personnel mobilizations.
5. Supported people development program such
as global HR certification. Facilitated knowledge
sharing among PSCs on HR related issues; industrial
hygiene program, medical evacuation, industrial
relation, fresh graduate program, mentoring
program, etc
6. Participated in Human Resources Annual Forum
with participants consisting of HR professionals and
management from BPMIGAS, PSC, and Services
Company on October, 26-28, 2011 discussing
various HR issues in the oil and gas sector including
CDM Award, Lecturer, Sharing Best Practice from
various industries, and HR service provider booths.
7. Strengthen the co-ordination between HR IPA
committee with sub working groups to ensure
alignment for inputs to BPMIGAS and support the
sub working group program.
8. Established relations with new appointed official

LNG & Gas Committee

1. Interaction with the Indonesian Gas Association
(IGA) and National Economy Commission (KEN)

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KEN is a commission which reports directly to
the President of Indonesia and works with the
Coordinating Minister of Economy to provide analysis
and input on global and domestic issues related
to the economy. Following the INDOGAS 2011,
KEN asked IGA for inputs on efforts to accelerate
development of gas fields and infrastructure. IPA,
via the LNG and Gas Committee, was later included
in the process to formulate the final input.
Following the meeting in September 2011 with the
leaders of KEN, IPA and IGA formulated the top 3
issues of the oil and gas industry and the proposed
solutions and the benefits to Indonesia to be
forwarded to the President by Chairman of KEN:

Government Regulations 79/201

Responsibilities and their approval process
Challenges in fulfilling domestic gas demand

The draft paper was presented to the IPA Board in

October and comments are being incorporated to
be forwarded to the IGA for final submission to KEN
before the end of 2011.
2. Independent consultant study on Indonesian Gas
Policy and Investment Climate
The idea to engage a consultant was initially
suggested by KEN to provide independency,
credibility and quantitative support on IPAs position
on the LNG and gas business climate in Indonesia.
Several consultants were contacted and Wood
Mackenzie is considered the right entity to do this
type of work. The proposed scope of works includes:

How current regulatory affect gas investment in

Assessment of gas commerciality from
upstream development and overall Indonesia
gas market

The proposed scope and estimated costs have been

presented to the IPA Board of Directors in October
and comments are being incorporated for final
scope to be sent to Wood Mackenzie. The Board also
suggested that the report be also used for other
purposes besides as input to KEN.
3. Review of the possibility of gas/LNG equity lifting in
This idea was initially asked by MIGAS as a way for GOI
to take its in-kind gas entitlement to meet domestic
demand. The Committee compared the practices
in other countries with the PSC fiscal regime in
Indonesia and noted that the implementation of
full equity gas lifting is probably not practical in
Indonesia, nevertheless the committee will continue
to look into the possibility of applying equity lifting
for a portion of a PSCs production. The findings
were presented to the IPA Board of Directors in

4. Interaction with Regulatory Affairs Committee

The LNG and Gas Committee has nominated a
representative and alternate to coordinate with the
Regulatory Affairs Committee on the impacts of the
proposed revision of the Oil and Gas Law and the
Law on Currency to the gas business.

Professional Division Committee

The Professional Division has continued to successfully
carry out its mission during 2011. Eight (8) luncheon talks
were held during the year, with attendance exceeding
780 professionals in Jakarta. In addition, eighteen (18)
short courses were held on diverse technical topics
throughout the year and all were well received and
attended. The short courses presented in 2011 drew a
total of 306 attendees, which is a significant increase
over last year. The demand for educational services
remains strong, and the excellent work of short course
organizers and instructors, has resulted in a healthy
surplus for the IPA. In addition, five (5) educational
fieldtrips were successfully completed during 2011,
which is one more than the previous year.
The 2011 IPA Membership Directory was published and
distributed to members, as were two (2) informative
newsletters, which now can be accessed exclusively
through the IPA website.
The Publications group continues with distribution of the
IPA Proceedings volumes in digital format, both via an
online website and on CD. This service can be accessed
via the AAPG data pages, which is a highly efficient
and cost effective method of disseminating technical

Regulatory Affairs Committee

1. Regulation on Cost Recovery and Taxation
A petition for Judicial Review on GR 79 on cost
recovery and Income Tax Treatment in Upstream Oil
and Gas Activities was filed by the IPA on 16 June
2011 after consultation with the GOI. The petition
emphasizes the key arguments that the GR should
be revoked since it violates higher laws and/or its
formation does not comply with applicable laws.
The IPA conducted an extensive media campaign
in conjunction with the filing of the petition to seek
to educate the public on the reasons for filing the
RAC sought to discuss and resolve ongoing
implementation issues associated with the GR
including those relating to WP&B pending the
Supreme Court decision.
On 18 October 2011 the petition was denied by the
Supreme Court. The basis of the denial is not yet
known as the judgment is not expected for another

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one to three months. There are no rights of appeal
from the decision of the Supreme Court. Individual
contractors can avail themselves of the rights
they have under their respective existing PSCs in
response to GR 79. Despite this disappointing news
RAC will continue to assist the IPA in its endeavours
to seek the revocation of the GR.
2. Oil and Gas Law Bill
On April 29, pursuant to an invitation from the
Parliament (DPR), the IPA attended a Parliamentaryinitiated session to discuss the terms of a draft of a
new Oil and Gas Law.
With the assistance of RAC, the IPA advised the DPR
about potential unfavorable impacts on investment
due to the introduction of an entirely new law.
The IPA formed a Task Force, on which the RAC is
represented, to primarily advise the IPA Board on
how best to proceed. The IPA continues to seek a
confirmed version of the draft Bill to improve IPAs
ability to influence and continues to correspond with
GOI stakeholders advocating the primary message
that substantive change is not required and will act
as a disincentive to investment in the future.
The DPR has not as yet distributed any official draft
Bill for comment to the IPA despite requests.
3. Explosive Permitting
IPA through the RAC is a primary participant in
an Explosives Permitting Task Force, together
with 19 PSCs, service companies and BPMIGAS.
The Task Force is seeking to address the lack
of transparency in procedure and costs relating
to obtaining explosives permits and handling
explosives to mitigate compliance risks. The Task
Force is working with relevant government offices
(Police Dept, BPMIGAS, MIGAS, Ministry of Finance,
UKP4) to establish an appropriate legal instrument
that will address concerns while complying with
administrative laws.
In the interim short term solutions have been
proposed, (i) BPMIGAS to obtain the permits and
services on behalf of the PSC pursuant to Section
V of the PSC; (ii) BPMIGAS to elevate efforts to
resolve permitting problems in each PSC to UKP4;
and (iii) BPMIGAS to enter into an agreement with
various Provincial Police Offices. Option (iii) is being
progressed, BPMIGAS is to arrange a meeting
with the Police Headquarters and explore whether
option (iii) is at all possible. The meeting with Police
Headquarters is expected to take place in December
4. Procurement of Good and Services
BPMIGAS is considering further revisions to
BPMIGAS PTK 007-RevI-II/2011. To facilitate this
exercise, BPMIGAS invited a number of PSCs to a
meeting in Bandung to discuss and identify issues

arising from BPMIGAS PTK 007-RevI-II/2011. The

matter of domestic content dominates the list of
issues. Other issues identified during the meeting
are advance payment, bidder/contractor security
(e.g. bid bond, performance bond, parent company
guarantee), and processes during commercial
negotiation (e.g. processes related to owners
estimate). RAC is seeking to ventilate industry
concerns through this process.
5. Repatriation of Export Proceeds
Bank Indonesia (BI) recently issued a regulation
concerning export sales proceeds (BI Regulation
No. 13/20, PBI 13). It seeks to capture export
proceeds in domestic bank accounts. It appears
that BI wishes to strengthen Indonesias domestic
liquidity of foreign currency by requiring Indonesias
sizeable export proceeds to be brought into the
domestic banking system. PBI 13 contains no
exemption to any industry including Oil and Gas. It
is intended to be applicable for any export proceeds.
The RAC worked together with the F&T Committee
to define IPAs position with regard to the PBI 13
which has been formally conveyed to BI. In essence,
the IPA believes that the PSC Contractors should
not be subject to the PBI 13 for several reasons but
mainly because the PSC expressly provides a right
to Contractors to retain Petroleum proceeds abroad.
6. Cabotage
The RAC together with the Communication
Committee were actively involved in a task force
initiated by BPMIGAS to secure an exemption from
the cabotage requirement for vessels used in the oil
and gas industry. Through active participation and
effective lobbying, the task force was successful in
securing the exemption prior to May 7th, thereby
avoiding any disruption to oil and gas operations.
The Government issued Government Regulation No.
22 of 2011 (GR 20) on 4 April 2011 which sets out the
list of vessels (that are mostly used in the oil and
gas industry) that are exempted from the cabotage
requirement. The Ministry of Transportation
subsequently issued an implementing regulation to
the GR 20 on 18 April 2011 in the form of a Ministerial
Transportation Regulation No. 48 of 2011 that
further sets out the procedure to obtain a permit for
foreign flag vessels operating in Indonesia.
7. Regulated Increases in Production
RAC was closely involved in consultations on the
implementation of Ministerial Regulation on Oil and
gas Production Increase (the MR) early in 2010.
The MR requires non-producing fields and wells to
be inventoried and new discoveries to be notified
and seeks to impose an accelerated program for
development inconsistent with prevailing law,
applicable PSCs, and industry capability.
Following consultations on the MR, in which RAC

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was involved, BPMIGAS acknowledged that there
were challenges in complying with the MR and
some uncertainly in its application and sought input
on the same.

In an effort to ensure implementation of the MR,

during the first quarter and third quarter this year,
BPMIGAS sent letters to a number of PSCs reminding
the PSCs of the requirements of the MR. In January
2011, BPMIGAS reminded PSCs to put together an
inventory of idle and or non-producing fields and in
August 2011, BPMIGAS instructed a number of PSCs
to re-activate (mengaktivasikan kembali) idle
fields and idle wells located in the work area of the
respective PSCs. Despite uncertainties arising from
the requirements of the MR, to date BPMIGAS has
not issued any clarification and or implementation
directives or guidelines on the provisions of the MR.

8. Regulations On Put on Production and the

Establishment of Work Area for Non-Conventional
Oil and Gas
On August 23, MIGAS invited a number of parties
including the IPA to a socialization of the following
draft Ministerial Regulations (MR):
a. Draft MR on Put on Production for Oil and Gas,
b. Draft MR on Procedures for the Establishment
and Offer of Work Area for Non-Conventional Oil
and Gas Resources.
IPAs Unconventional Gas Committee is preparing
feedback, RAC is committed to provide the necessary
support to the Unconventional Gas Committee.
3. Implementing
Environmental Law




The Government is drafting implementation

regulations for the 2009 Environmental Law. IPA
RAC continues to monitor the development of
these regulations and is committed to help prepare
feedback to the Government.

Supply Chain



1. Workshop Procurement Strategy & SCM Forum

Preparation for attending Workshop on
Procurement Strategy held by BPMIGAS in
Bandung on 31st January to 1st February 2011.
The main purpose of workshop was to see
possible for making joint contract of some
commodities amongst the PSCs.
While the SCM forum was organized by
BPMIGAS and conducted in Batam on 9th - 11th
February 2011.
2. Procurement Guideline (PTK-007 Revision 2).
Has been issued by BPMIGAS on 9th May 2011
and in force starting 1st May 2011.

There are some concerns from PSCs, mainly on:

Procurement process lead time related to
local content.
Advance payment.
Pre-qualification procedure, etc.
Feedbacks have been given by PSCs to
Some clarifications have also been issued by

3. Cabotage issue.
Discussion on the implementation of cabotage
law for specific vessels used in oil and gas
upstream activities.
Participation with other committees of IPA and
related Government Institutions to find the
4. GR No.79/2010.
SIC concerns about article 13 point q, r and t
concerning procurement that exceed 10%
of AFE value, surplus of material stock and
procurement without open tender.
Waiting the result of Judicial Review proposed
by IPA.
5. PTK-007 third book (Asset Management).
Our concern is about surplus material in stock
with potential of non cost recoverable if it
exceeds a certain limit.
Other concern is related to Minister of Finance
Decree No.165/2010 particularly about engine
exchange activity that approval is needed up to
BPMIGAS level only.
6. Local Content achievement monitoring.
Discussion about its implementation (refer to
SIC has invited PT.Surveyor Indonesia to give
presentation on Local Content monitoring on
16th March 2011.
Some PSCs has now the contract with
authorized surveyor for doing the Local Content
achievement monitoring.
7. Establishment of Team for Increasing Utilization of
Local Products by Minister of EMR.
Minister of EMR issued a decision letter on
1st April 2011 for establishment a team for
increasing the utilization of local products.
Chairman of IPA Supply Chain Committee was
assigned as a member amongst the other
representatives from Ministry of EMR, Migas,
Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Research and
Technology, BPMIGAS and Guspen Migas.
1st meeting in August 2011 was cancelled at the
last minute.
8. Importation of goods using Master List mechanism
(tax exemption).
Discussion of the implementation problem
due to different method of calculation of Local
Content (price based vs. cost based) during
tender and importation.
CBM PSC still cannot use the Master List

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mechanism to get exemption from import duty
and taxes.
9. BPMIGAS Procurement Online Information System.
BPMIGAS has established an Integrated Online
Information System for Procurement and Assets
Management called as PMA Dashboard.
All supply chain activity reports from PSCs to
BPMIGAS are now to be uploaded through this
10. Explosive.
Discussion on explosive handling issues.
Letter has been sent by IPA to BPMIGAS on
7th February 2011 asking for simplification of
explosive permitting processes.
Coordination meeting between BPMIGAS and
PSCs has also been conducted on 10th and 24th
August 2011.
11. Protection &Indemnity (P&I) Club.
BPMIGAS requested PSCs to use Indonesian
P&I Club Promindo for all vessels operated
by PSCs (letter Deputy of Operation dated 4
February 2011).
There are some concerns from PSCs regarding
this issue.
12. Minister of Industry regulation No.15/2011.
Issued in February 2011. It regulates the use of
local products.
A new inventory list of local products is now
available in the web of Ministry of Industry
complete with its percentage local content and
period of validity.
APDN book issued by Migas book is still to be
used as reference for oil and gas sector.
13. Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for PSC Supply
Chain Activities.
BPMIGAS is now implementing KPI to measure
the performance of PSCs in doing the supply
chain activities.
6 monthly review is done by BPMIGAS with each
14. Currency Law.
SIC concern on Currency Law no.7/2011 dated
28th June 2011, particularly article 21 which
requires that all transactions made in Indonesia
territory should be made in Indonesian rupiah
Waiting further guideline from BPMIGAS.

April 2011 which gives the exemption for specific

vessels (category C) with foreign flag used in oil
& gas upstream activities as long as the vessels
with Indonesian flag is still not available in the
To get the dispensation to use vessel with
foreign flag, PSC has to prove with at least
1 (one) tender fail for obtaining vessel with
Indonesian flag.
So far, there is no problem in obtaining permit
for these specific vessels.

Unconventional Gas Committee

1. Through previous engagement the Pre-POD
Gas Sales issue has been incorporated by the
government in new awarded CBM PSC contracts
which is also applicable to the existing contracts.
The inclusion of this clause in the PSC contract
provides assurance on the mechanism of CBM gas
sales during dewatering and early development
which is not applicable to conventional gas business.
2. IPA sent letters to propose fiscal incentives through
Director General Oil and Gas. Presentations to
Ministry of Finance (BKF) have been made with the
proposal a combination of:
a. FTP holiday
b. Tax Holiday 10 years after POD approved
c. 50% investment credit
The discussion was around the format of the fiscal
incentives which can be managed outside of the
PSC contract.
3. Both in the letter and during the discussion we
continuously mention the important of PSC contract
extension for CBM due to the nature of CBM
production. Since the CBM PSC contract is governed
under the Oil and Gas Law it might be difficult to
get assurance on contract extension at early years.
However, there have been some precedents in
conventional business that Government grants
contract extension.
4. Sustaining engagement with BPMIGAS needs to be
built to ensure streamlining approval processes for
CBM projects. In the past IPA has addressed this
concern through formal letter and presentation
during CBM workshop organized by BPMIGAS in

15. Cabotage follow up :

Participation from of SIC members in various
meetings with BPMIGAS, Migas, Ministry of
Transportation, Directorate General of Sea
Transportation and INSA in obtaining solution
on implementation cabotage law for specific
vessels used in oil and gas industry.
Finally GoI issued the new Government
Regulation No.22/2011 (revision of GR
No.20/2010) on 4th April 2011 and Minister of
Transportation Regulation No.48/2011 on 18th
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southern part of the island, then West Java offshore, to
Makassar Straits and West Papua. Our gross production
currently reaches approximately 76,400 boe/day and is
expected to constantly grow in the coming years to set
new records. Around 81 percent of our gas production
is contracted for domestic usage, supporting Indonesian
economic development.

Bunga Orchid Field in Malaysia

Company Profile

Talisman Energy Inc. established in 1992, is an

independent oil and gas exploration and production
company with the purpose of safe, profitable growth.
Headquartered in Calgary, Canada, our main operating
areas are North America, the North Sea and Southeast
Asia. In addition, we are pursuing a number of
international exploration opportunities.
We are building an international exploration portfolio
that will contribute to our renewal through discovery
of significant new hydrocarbon resources. In Peru and
Colombia, we are building an oil-focused core region.
We are also looking for exploration opportunities to
sustain North Sea production. In addition we are also
pursuing material growth opportunities in Poland and in
the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.

Talisman has strong commitment to position its

international exploration portfolio for continual
renewal, Talisman has been awarded by the Indonesian
government the highly prospective deepwater acreages
in Indonesias challenging frontier zones: the 8,517 sq
km Andaman III block in the North Sumatera Basin and
the 3,878 sq km Sageri block in the Makassar Straits.
We believe that the South Makassar Basin has all the
attributes of a characteristically prolific basin. In our
view, the Sageri Block has significant prospective
resources, a diversity of play types and indications of
a working petroleum system. Following the recent
completion of our seismic activities, the first drilling at
the Sageri block commenced in July 2011.
Together with state-owned oil and gas company
Pertamina, Talisman is the assistant operator in the
Jambi Merang JOB onshore South Sumatra with an
indirect 25% interest and in the nearby Ogan Komering
JOB with a 50% interest. Jambi Merang marked its first
gas production in March 2011 and started its commercial
sales in the following month. The initial production of 60
mmscf/day will be ramped up to reach the maximum
capacity of 120 mmscf/day by year end. With a total
production of 2.6 million barrels of oil equivalent in 2010,
Ogan Komering is set to achieve 6,000 boe/day in 2011.

In South East Asia, we are exploring prospects offshore

Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam and onshore PNG.
Current production from the region is predominantly
oil and liquids or natural gas linked to oil prices. Our
Southeast Asia operations are expected to continue
as a growth area, with new projects coming on stream
over the medium term and with significant exploration
Talisman has been operating in Indonesia since 1994
and, in the past 8 years, Talisman has built up its portfolio
in Indonesia.
As of mid 2011, we have 12 blocks across the country
spreading from the northern tip of Sumatra to the

JOB Pertamina - Talisman Jambi Merang

Sungai Kerawang Central Gas Plant

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Statoils CSR: Leaving Sustainable Footprints
Statoil regarded Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
as an effort in managing risk and being also embedded certain procedure in a way reputation risk does not
Statoil, established its office in Indonesia, back in 2007
after they acquired two exploration license; Karama and
Kuma. Approximately three years prior to its drilling operations, they initiate their so-called Integrated Community Development (ICD) Program as part of their
corporate social responsibility project in the West Sulawesi region, where their operations are located.
The aim of this program is for Statoil to be able to leave a
significant, useful and sustainable community development project and sustainable enough for the well-being
of the people of West Sulawesi. Statoil contribute to sustainable development based on its core activities in the
countries where we work.

Statoil is an international energy company, headquartered in Norway, with operations in 34 countries. Building on 40 years of experience from oil and gas production
on the Norwegian continental shelf, Statoil is committed
to accommodating the worlds energy needs in a responsible manner, applying technology and creating innovative business solutions. Statoil has 20,000 employees
worldwide, and is listed on the New York and Oslo stock
In Indonesia, Statoil is the operator of the deep-water
Karama production sharing contract (PSC) and Halmahera-2 PSC, as well as a partner in the Kuma PSC, West
Papua IV PSC, Halmahera-Kofiau PSC, North Makassar
Strait PSC, North Ganal PSC and Obi PSC.
For Statoil-operated block Karama, the expected firstspud is in January 2012. Statoil is committed to drill
three exploration wells at the Karama block. The drilling
operations are expected to complete by early 2013.

Statoil is committed to make choices based on how they

affect our interests and the interests of the societies
around us, and by practising corporate responsibility we
ensure transparency, anti-corruption and respect for
human rights and labour standards and generate positive spin-offs from our core activities.
Focusing on four main key issues; health, education,
community empowerment and public facilities, Statoil
Indonesias integrated community development program hopes to build good relations with both stakeholders and local people, to support its operations within the
adjacent off-shore area.
Adjacent from the two blocks in West Sulawesi, Statoil
carries several corporate social responsibility projects.
To name a few, school renovation projects in several villages, small scale local business assistance and mobile
community health services.
To contribute to local economic development in the West
Sulawesi region, a micro-financing project has been established between Statoil and local NGO, to provide support for housewives who want to start their own businesses in running the coconut oil and sea-weed home
industry. Statoil also contributes to these housewives in
training the micro-financing program.

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News Flash
IPA Scholarship 2011
Here are the names of the IPA scholarships Recepients :

In 2011, the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA)

has provided scholarships amounting to nearly 100
million rupiah to 25 disadvantaged high school students
majoring in science in the Jakarta area through its
association with the YKAI (Indonesian Child Welfare
Foundation). Each scholarship recipient is entitled to
tuition fees for 1 (one) year and textbooks.
The final 25 students were selected from an original
group of 46 students who applied for a scholarship,
with the primary selection criteria being eveidence of
academic ability and low economic status.
The IPA President at the time, Ron Aston, symbolically
awarded the IPA scholarships to the Executive Director of
YKAI, Winarti Sukaesih and 5 students as a representative
group of scholarship recipients at the closing of the 35th
IPA Convention & Exhibition in May 20, 2011.

No Name


1 Inas Nabilah
2 Lisa Ariska Ulfah
3 Puspita Dewi
4 Rizkyani
5 Komariah
6 Fitri Rahmayani
7 Farhah
8 Haidar
9 Agung Jakaria
10 Mira Nurfitriyani
11 Ika Pratiwi
12 Riskha Indah Pratiwi
13 Dedi Kurniawan
14 Juliana Bakti Pertiwi
15 Gilang Ramadhan Kotta
16 Dimas Prabowo
17 Achmad Fauzi
18 Mega Lialita Maharani
19 Faralita Faisal
20 Yudha Prabowo
21 Hendra Dainanto Prakoso
22 Chaerul Umam
23 Elvina
24 Diana
25 Abu Bakar

MA Al-Falah
Al Quraniyah

Avg. Grade
86, 04

From the subsequent interviews with the recipients and

their parents, they expressed their gratitude and thanks
to the IPA and YKAI for the scholarship as it will help
them a lot to ensure the further continuation of their
childrens education.

Inquiries, Responses and Contributions to our

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Editors Note
Stephen Scott
IPA Professional Division
Genting Oil (Kasuri) Pte. Ltd.

stephen.scott [at]

I have been asked to write the Editors Note for this

publication and I am happy to do so although I will
take a different approach and offer the reader some
single paragraph short stories based on my 30 plus
years experience as a practicing geophysicist and
explorationist. If nothing else perhaps these will be food
for thought.
Story 1:
In 1980 when I was working in Alaska exploring the
North Slope there was a legal requirement to destroy all
of the seismic data that had been capitalized against a
block that was subsequently written off for tax purposes.
I was standing at the shredder one day destroying
seismic lines and my boss, the District Geophysicist,
walked down the hall with the V.P. Exploration, who did
not know me well since I had only been in the district a
short time. They stopped momentarily and looked into
the room where all the shredder noise was coming from
and the VP asked the District Geophysicist Isnt he one
of our geophysicists, to which the District Geophysicist
relied Yes. The VP then said, I dont ever want to see
one of our professional G&G staff standing at a shredder
doing that kind of work again. These people are far too
valuable to have them using their time doing that when
we have tech aides who can do it. I think the moral of
the story here is that we must utilize our limited human
resources in the most efficient manner possible and
make sure people are working on projects aligned with
their expertise. But times have changed.
Story 2:
Society and the business world tend to force us into
conformity and consensus which in many cases is

warranted, but sometimes individual expression is far

more valuable. And it can take an astute manager to
know when that is the case. Working in the Gulf of Mexico
during the first all blocks open bid round in 1983, my
geologist partner and I proposed several blocks to bid on
and when presented for management consideration we
suggested that there was already sufficient seismic data
to drill if we were awarded the blocks. We were awarded
the blocks and started preparations. I was asked by the
team leader to lay out 3 west-east and 3 north-south
seismic lines over the block. But I argued that we had
already told upper management additional seismic was
not necessary and I believed that was still the case.
None the less I was told this is standard practice so
please lay out the seismic lines. A few weeks later I had
to present the proposal and defend it although I did not
believe in it. Upon being questioned I kept replying We
feel this is important for this or that reason. Finally, the
VP Exploration turned his head as if contemplating what
I had been saying and said to me You keep saying we.
I dont care what we think is best, I want to know what
you think is best. To that I responded, I dont think we
need these extra seismic data and the VP Exploration
responded, Thats exactly what I thought, I dont think
so either. We did not acquire those seismic data. I
think the moral of the story here is that conformity and
consensus does not always give the best answer and
that we sometimes need to have the courage to state
what we, as individuals, believe when asked and not take
the easy way out by following the crowd.
Story 3:
We all have a right place to be in our professional
G&G careers and it sometimes takes a while for all the
conditions to come to fruition to propel us to that place.
You might remember a time back in the 80s when it was
fashionable for oil and gas companies to diversity into
mining, solar, shale oil and so on. In the late 80s while
working in California I befriended a fellow geophysicist
in the company I worked for who had been pulled into the
oil and gas company when the mining company within
the corporation was sold. This fellow was educated and
trained in mining geophysics and electro-magnetics
was his specialty. Now, to remain employed he was
forced to interpret seismic data and construct maps to
develop prospects and search for oil and gas. But this

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area of endeavor was just not aligned with the type of
geophysics that he loved. I remember him saying to me
Im just not worth a rats butt in this. Still he struggled
on, trying to become what was expected of him, but it
was all for naught as he was eventually surplused.
He eventually landed on his feet and took a consulting
job back in mining geophysics and as I understand the
company he was initially working for did not pay him
properly so he left and went to work for another small
company where he was partly paid in shares of stock.
And with that he was in the right place to be. My friend
and colleague went on to be the principle geophysicist
mostly responsible for the discovery of one of the most
substantial mineral deposits to be found in Canada in
the last 50 years. That is the Voiseys Bay Ni-Cu-Co
deposit in Labrador discovered in the mid-90s. The
small company my friend worked for was bought by a
larger company as usually happens and my friend was
fortunate indeed to own many shares of stock in that
small company. Surplused turned to Success!

and said Wrong answer. I asked the question again

and added that the answer should be more about your
work. He thought again and replied I have to interpret
seismic data and make maps that are required by my
boss! I again replied Wrong answer. Then he and the
others said, So why? I replied You came to work to
find oil and gas! That should be the whole focus of your
mind throughout the day and you should remember that
you will need to go through many different processes
like interpreting seismic, making maps, considering
petroleum systems concepts and so on to find the oil
and gas. But if you get caught up in process and define
your success simply in terms of completing these
various work tasks, however interesting and important
they might be, you will likely not find very much oil and
gas. So stay focused on the goal: finding oil and gas.

Story 4:
I am an explorationist at heart, so this next story is about
being an explorationist, pure and simple. In the late
90s the company I had worked at for just over 20 years
was bought out by a larger major oil and gas company.
These things happen, right, and we should be prepared.
I did work for the purchasing company for 8 months to
complete a deepwater block 3D seismic interpretation
project and then moved on to work for a very large and
successful company in India. However, this company was
relatively new to oil and gas exploration and had sought
out a few staff having world-wide experience. As an
advisor to the companys exploration management and
program I also had the responsibility of helping to train
their newly hired G&G staff. The staff was very bright
and eager to learn although most were sorely deficient
in practical matters regarding oil and gas exploration as
would be most newly hired G&G staff. I was working on
a rotation basis spending a few weeks in Mumbai and
then a few weeks back in Dallas in the small office this
company had set up for the staff they had hired from the
U.S. On one visit to our Mumbai office I found a number
of the G&G staff gathered around in deep discussion.
I went over and joined the discussion about various
exploration and G&G subjects. Then without much
thought I asked one of the staff Why did you come to
work today? I received a strange look from him and
the others standing around. So I asked the question
again Why did you come to work today? He thought
for a moment and then replied, My boss expects me to
come to work and it is my duty to do so! I looked at him

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Professional Division Chairmans Corner

Ron Noble
IPA Professional Division
Niko Resources Ltd.
rnoble [at]

Professional Division Members and Friends,

If we look around the oil business today in Indonesia,
there are many important issues that need to be addressed. The most critical of these, in my opinion, is
reserves replacement and reversing the oil production
The question that follows is how do we stop the production decline? The simple answer is to find and develop
new oil fields, or get more out of existing fields. As an exploration professional, my focus is on reserves replacement through discovery and new field development.
Many experts consider Indonesia a mature oil province. However, if you look at an exploration map of this
vast archipelago, you will notice many under-explored
sedimentary basins, and a surprising number of totally
un-drilled basins. Look around the world at other mature countries for oil production, and you will find new

Professional Division Activities 2012

1. Title

: A Brief History of Depth and

Time Seismic Imaging
: Samuel Gray, CGG Veritas,
Calgary - Canada
: February 8
: Le Meridien - Jakarta
: Rp. 325.000 (IPA Member)
Rp. 385.000 (Non-IPA Member)

: A Field Seminar for Non-Geoscientist from Porong-PamekasanMudu-Sukowati-Ledok-KuwuSangiran

Trip Leader : H.M. Yohannes P. Koesoemo
Sumber Daya Alam Consultant,
Cepu, Indonesia
: February 19 - 23
: US$ 1,300

2. Title

plays and new reserves being added on a regular basis.

In some cases, like North America, it is the shift to unconventional resources which has revitalized the industry. There are also new countries, not historically known
for their hydrocarbon potential, that are reporting huge
new discoveries. East Africa (Mozambique) and Northwest Africa (Ghana) are a couple that come to mind.
The bottom line, there is still plenty of oil and gas to be
found in the world. That certainly is true for Indonesia,
perhaps more so than many other countries. We are not
running out of resources. We just need the confidence
and technical skills to find them. Confidence because it
takes individuals who are prepared to follow their convictions and tell their companies where and how to invest their money. Technical skills, because the easy oil
has been found, and we must now explore for oil in remote or hostile locations.
Oil and gas professionals should never become complacent and rely on what they accomplished yesterday.
There are many new things to learn, and many new technologies to apply. I would encourage all professionals to
attend at least one training class a year and actively participate in technical symposia. You will learn something
new which can be applied in your work. This will make
a big difference, and with a little luck, it will lead to new
discoveries and reversal of declining production in

(includes: airfares Jakarta-Surabaya

Solo-Jakarta, airport tax, transportation, board-lodging, refreshments and field guide book)

: The Modern and Ancient Mahakam

Delta Sedimentology
Trip Leader : Irfan Cibaj Total E&P Indonesie
: March 23 - 27
: US$ 2,700 (IPA Member)
US$ 2,800 (Non-IPA Member)

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Balikpapan, airport tax, land / sea
transportation, meals, Refreshments, lodging, and field guide book)

3. Title

4. Title

: Practical Investment Appraisal and

Business Decision Analysis in Petroleum Exploration & Production
with special reference to the
Indonesian PSC system

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Instructor : Dr. H.L. Ong - ITB & BPMIGAS
: April 9 - 13
: Sheraton Bandung Hotel & Towers
Bandung, Indonesia
: Corporate Communications in
Indonesian Petroleum Industry
Instructor : H. Kiswanto - Consultant
: May 1 - 3
: Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel, Yogyakarta

5. Title

In conjunction with the:

Thirty-Sixth IPA Annual Convention & Exhibition
Jakarta, May 23-25, 2012
IPA will organize 3 or 5 short courses

: Petroleum System Analysis:

Essential Concepts & Methods for
Increasing Exploration Success and
Assessing Risks of Plays &
Instructor : Awang Harun Satyana - BPMIGAS
: June 4 - 8
: Solo, Indonesia

6. Title

: Applied Subsurface Geological

Instructor : Siamak Agah - Subsurface Consultants & Associates, LLC - USA
: June 25 - 29
: Sheraton Senggigi Beach Resort
Lombok, Indonesia

7. Title

: Sequence and Seismic Stratigraphy:

Concepts and Applications
Instructor : Dr. Henry Posamentier
Sr. Geological Consultant,
Chevron Energy Technology Co.
: October or November (tentatively)
: Bali

9. Title
: Geological Application of Well Logs
Instructor : Jenny Garnham
Independent Consultants, UK
: October 29 - November 2
: Holiday Inn Baruna Resort Bali
8. Title

: 3-D Seismic Interpretation

Instructor : Alistair R. Brown
Consulting Reservoir Geophysicist
: November 26 - 30
: Bali

10. Title

: Carbonate Sedimentation, Sequence

Stratigraphy & Reservoir
Instructor : Dr. Rick Sarg
Subsurface Consultants &
Associates, LLC - USA
: December 10-14
: Bali

11. Title

: Petroleum Geology of Deep-Water

(Turbidite) Depositional Systems
Instructor : Dr. Roger Slatt
University of Oklahoma, USA
: December 10-14
: Bali

12. Title

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Luncheon Talks 2011
The first half of 2011 has been extremely active with
excellent luncheon talks presented in January, February,
March, April and June. Kurt Steffen from ExxonMobil
presented a very interesting talk titled Assessment
of Unconventional Resources to a full and attentive
audience at the Le Meridien Hotel in January. This was
followed by a talk at the Four Seasons Hotel in February
given by Dr. Dale Issler, Geological Survey of Canada
and AAPG Distinguished Lecturer titled Integrated
thermal history analysis of sedimentary basins using
multi-kinetic apatite fission track thermochronology:
examples from northern Canada. In March, Pak Priyono
from BPMIGAS presented an eagerly awaited talk titled
Summary of 2010 E&P Activities in Indonesia and
Outlook for 2011 to over 200 participants at the Ritz
Carlton Hotel Pacific Place. This was followed in April
by Trey Meckel from Tately N. V. with a excellent talk
at the Le Meridien Hotel titled Sand-Prone Submarine
Mass-Transport Deposits: Reservoir Characteristics
and Classification of an Underappreciated Deepwater
Facies. Rounding out the talks for the first half of the
year was Dr. Henry Posamentier from Chevron Energy
Technology Company. His talk in June at the Le Meridien
Hotel was titled Deep-water sedimentation; seismic
recognition of sand-prone and mud-prone depositional
elements. If you missed any of these talks then you
missed out on discussions of current and relevant topics
to the E&P industry. Come and enjoy excellent technical
presentations, a great lunch and network with others
working in the Indonesia O&G industry!
Assessment of Unconventional Resources
Around 90 participants from the oil and gas industry
attended this event in January. Kurt began his talk by
discussing how unconventional resources have taken a
more prominent position in many countries with shale
gas and coal bed methane in particular accounting
for significant amounts of natural gas production. He
mentioned that the government of Indonesia has already
begun offering CBM PSCs and they have indicated that
they will begin to open tenders for potential shale gas
areas in the near future.
The bulk of the talk was focused on assessing
unconventional resources. These tend to be laterally
extensive and over broad areas these accumulations can
contain large in-place and recoverable volumes. But in
many cases a business opportunity will represent only a
fraction of the total potential resource as there may be

limitations on what areas can be accessed by available

lease blocks, surface constraints, etc. Understanding
the spatial variation in the resource density as early as
possible is crucial and finding the appropriate balance of
volumetric and performance techniques is essential for
a successful project outcome.
Assessing the potential hydrocarbon volumes and well
performance of an opportunity and understanding the
full range of possible outcomes is critical for a successful
resource assessment. The evaluation process must
also be scalable to allow the screening of basins, subregional plays and detailed lease or pilot project areas.
This talk reviewed the methodology for assessing
unconventional resources with specific examples from
ExxonMobils work in the Piceance basin in Colorado.
Both the assessment of shale gas and coal bed methane
were discussed.
Integrated thermal history analysis of sedimentary
basins using multi-kinetic apatite fission track
thermochronology: examples from northern Canada
At this event in February, Dr. Dale Issler, an AAPG
Distinguished Lecturer for 2011, shared his insights on
working with apatite fission track data. Apatite fission
track (AFT) thermochronology is a powerful thermal
history analysis approach that is well suited to the study of
sedimentary basins. It originated as a geochronological
dating method in the 1960s but has been continually
evolving as new insight has been gained concerning the
time-temperature conditions and mineral compositional
factors influencing the thermal annealing of fission
tracks in apatite. Fission tracks are linear zones of
crystal damage that result from the spontaneous fission
of 238U. They are revealed by polishing and etching
mounted grains, allowing their orientations and lengths
to be measured.
Annealing occurs within and somewhat below the
temperature range for petroleum generation and can
thus be used to constrain petroleum generation histories
through numerical modeling.
Dr. Issler has been applying this state-of-the-art
methodology to thermal history studies of northern
Canadian basins (Beaufort-Mackenzie and Mackenzie
Valley regions in the Northwest Territories) and much
has been learned that challenges existing data analysis
and modeling approaches. In these regions, he has
found that mixed AFT compositional populations greatly
complicate data analysis and thermal modeling.

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Summary of 2010 E&P Activities in Indonesia and
Outlook for 2011
Pak Priyono from BPMIGAS presented to a full house at
this luncheon held in March. The BPMIGAS talk is a yearly
event and generally draws the largest IPA Luncheon Talk
audience each year.
The talk addressed six major items: oil and gas upstream
performance in 2010, 2011 oil and gas targets, major
issues affecting the industry, an evaluation of production
in Indonesia, PSC commitment issues and finally
BPMIGAS initiatives.
Oil and gas performance in 2010 was generally good with
crude oil and condensate lifting achieving 99% of the set
target and the targets met for both government revenue
and the production decline rate. Both production and
revenue rates have shown an increasing trend over the
past three years. However, the one downside was the
increase in the number of fatality accidents during 2010.
Pak Priyono revealed BPMIGASs targets for 2011 that
include oil production of 970 MBOPD, gas lifting of
7770 BBTUD and USD 26 billion of government revenue
from O&G activities. Drilling and well work over targets
include 224 exploration wells, 872 development wells
and 621 well walkovers.
Also outlined were several key issues affecting the
industry including the need of some PSCs to cut
production to fulfill environmental requirements and
the attempt at requiring Indonesia-flagged vessels
for offshore O&G activities. Pak Priyono stated that
BPMIGAS and the IPA are both working to resolve the
cabotage issue.
A downward trend in total production beginning in August
2010 was discussed with the largest single contributing
factor being the number of unplanned shutdowns. Two
lists were presented, one of 2011 production Top 5 Par
Performers and one of Top 5 Below Par Performers.
Pak Priyono made some light-hearted comments and
encouraged the Below Par performers to do better as
the year progresses. His discussion on PSC commitment
issues was then largely focused on discussing specific
clauses in PSC contracts that are targeted at reducing
unplanned shutdowns and BPMIGAS initiatives such
as increased field inspections to aid in addressing this
This was an excellent summary of the activities and
issues in the Indonesia O&G industry. We look forward
to next years talk.

Sand-Prone Submarine Mass-Transport Deposits:

Reservoir Characteristics and Classification of an
Underappreciated Deepwater Facies
Another large audience in April heard Trey Meckel, Chief
Geologist at Tately N.V. in Jakarta talk about sand-prone
submarine mass-transport deposits. These deposits are
deepwater deposits that have been underappreciated
by geoscientists as reservoirs and as drilling hazards.
Recent studies confirm that sand-prone mass-transport
deposits are common in the deepwater stratigraphic
record and that they act as significant oil and gas
reservoirs in major global hydrocarbon provinces such
as the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, and the North Sea.
Furthermore, sand-prone mass-transport deposits
filled with locally over pressured gas or water in the
shallow subsurface represent a shallow drilling hazard
that warrants significant consideration in deepwater
drilling programs.
Mass-transport deposits are defined as sedimentary,
stratigraphic successions that were remobilized after
initial deposition but prior to substantial lithification,
and transported downslope by gravitational processes
as non-Newtonian rheological units. Individual masstransport deposits may consist of one or many beds,
and, depending on the pre-existing stratigraphy that
has been remobilized, mass-transport deposits may be
sand-prone or mud-prone.
Treys presentation utilized personal observations, as
well as published examples from producing fields, the
seafloor and shallow subsurface, outcrops, and flume
tank experiments to illustrate specific criteria that aid in
the recognition of sand-prone mass-transport deposits
in the subsurface. Many of the criteria presented to
identify sand-prone mass-transport deposits are
individually valid for deepwater channels and/or injected
sands. None of the criteria presented are sufficient by
themselves to distinguish between a mass-transport
deposit and a turbidite system. However, in aggregate,
the criteria are sufficiently diagnostic to identify masstransport deposits that are likely to be reservoir-prone,
and have a reasonable probability of discriminating them
from other genetic units.
Treys talk was very well received and a lively question
and answer session followed.
Deep-water sedimentation; seismic recognition of
sand-prone and mud-prone depositional elements
Dr. Henry Posamentiers talk in June drew yet another

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very large audience that were treated to an excellent
review of deep-water depositional deposits.
Deep-water environments are populated by a range
of depositional elements, some of which are sand
prone whereas others are mud prone. Many of these
elements have distinctive seismic expression. Henrys
presentation focused on the seismic stratigraphic and
seismic geomorphologic expression of these deposits.
Three-dimensional seismic data can provide insight not
only as to lithologic content but also as to the processes
responsible for their formation. Deep-water sand prone
systems commonly are associated with sand-rich shelf
edge systems where sands are delivered from hinterland
areas and staged for delivery into deep-water settings on
the slope and basin floor. Sands travel within turbidity
currents through slope valleys and onward across basin
floors within leveed channels. As levees, which confine
and contain turbidity currents, become progressively
lower down-system, leveed channels ultimately give
way to terminal lobes made up of numerous bifurcating
weakly-confined channels.

Please contact the Luncheon Talks Chairman:

Mark A. Thomsen
ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia
(021) 571-5129
mark.thomsen [at]
with suggestions or volunteers for future talks. Topics
should be relevant to exploration and production in
Indonesia or be of interest to a wide range of disciplines.
See you at the next IPA Luncheon Talk!

In contrast with these sand-prone turbidite deposits,

mud-prone mass transport deposits (MTDs) are
a common depositional feature in deep-water
environments. These commonly originate in the mid to
upper slope and can travel great distances across the
slope and basin floor, commonly bulking up as they go,
by eroding the mud-prone lower slope and basin floor.
The seismic expression of these deposits is distinctive
and provides insights as to rheology and genesis.
Another common type of deposit in deep water is
sediment waves, usually mud-prone. These features
commonly form on the lower slope to proximal basin
floor and are associated with weak contour currents
or channel overbank flows. These linear waveforms
usually are characterized by up-current accretion. In
addition to the aforementioned depositional elements,
the background sedimentation by hemipelagic and
pelagic processes commonly is a significant component
of deep-water stratigraphic sections.
This was an excellent talk and a great way to end the
first half of 2011. The IPA Professional Committee has
a number of excellent speakers lined up for the second
half of 2011, so be on the lookout for future IPA Luncheon

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Deepwater Operation: Challenges in Future Response Requirements for Oil Spill Incidents
Yoppy Tan, Senior Preparedness Development Executive
PT Oil Spill Response Indonesia
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There has been a significant reduction in marine related oil spills due to the improvements in regulations, ship management and ship construction. Unfortunately in the oil exploration and production industry there has been a number of high
profile incidents that have brought to attention the need for better risk management. Risk being a factor of the likelihood
of an event and the impact of that event; even though the impact of recent events has been high the likelihood was low
and the risk therefore assumed to be low. That is no longer the case and the risk is assessed as much higher.
The Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico was the major trigger event although there have been others no so dramatic.
The public is now more aware on the impact an oil spill can cause and hence there are higher expectations that the Industry will learn from this event and get as much prepared as possible to response to such spill should it occurs. Closer
to home, the Montara incident in 2009 in Timor Leste, though it was not as big as the Macondo in terms of the scale of oil
spill area, have also served as another wake-up call that blow-out scenario is a probable event.
Since the Macondo incident, the oil industry has developed a number of initiatives to review how oil spills can be prevented and better managed in the event of their occurrence. American Petroleum Institute (API), UK Oil and Gas and
International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) have all had working parties and joint task forces considering how
to better mitigate the risk in the future.

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In the graph above, it shows the escalation of the scale of oil spills from Tier 1 to Tier 3 as will normally be stated in Oil
Spill Contingency Plan (OSCP) document. Tier 1 spill refers to operational-type spills that may occur at or near companys own facilities as a consequence of its own activities. An individual company would typically provide resources to
respond at this Tier. Tier 2 spills refer to a larger spill in the vicinity of a companys facilities where resources from other
companies, industries and possibly government agencies can be called in on a mutual aid basis. Tier 3 spill refer to
larger spills where substantial further resources will be required and support from national or international cooperative
stockpile may be necessary. Well blowout scenario will normally be considered as Tier 3 type of spill.
For Tier 3 scenario (eg. well blowout), the oil industry is now expected to include well risk assessment report, have access to International Oil Spill Response Organisations (OSROs), access to capping and containment devices and have in
place a source control plan.
OGP have looked at the risks associated with the drilling and production of oil not just from deepwater but also with a
focus on the heightened risks associated with the ever increasing frontier exploration. Risk is analysed using the bow
tie principle with an assessment of the actions needed in advance of an incident, (i.e. the prevention aspect), the controls
and barriers that should be in place of the incident itself and the mitigating actions post to the incident.

OGP, similar to the actions taken by the other groups has also split their activities into three work groups that in themselves mirror the analysed areas:
1. Well design and management;
2. Capping and containment;
3. Oil spill response.
The output from these work groups is just being made available; it is clear that the industry has done a lot but a lot more
will be done.
The oil industry must recognise that there will be a greater regulation in place surrounding deepwater operation. We can
already see this happening in the US with its drilling moratorium that was in place; in Australia, AMSA (Australia Maritime Safety Authority) just revised their National Plan which reflect the need of more resources and encourage operators
to publish their OSCP online make it available for public to view; in Europe, regulators are trying to push for the adoption of Effective Daily Recovery Capacity (EDRC) concept which suppose to determine the amount of oil spill response
resources required for certain amount of spill exposure.
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For deepwater activities, and in fact in most of the exploration and producing areas of the US, UK and Europe, there is a
desire to see capping and containment devices readily available to deploy immediately an incident occurs. These devices
are being designed and produced set up to deploy at a significant expense. Oil spill response processes and tools are also
under review by regulators in those regions and in particular how lessons learned from Macondo can be brought to bear.
Importantly there need to be a substantive communication programme organised by the oil industry necessary to communicate the scope of work the working groups have undertaken, the contingencies that have been put in place and the
new developments that will be important to adopt. Some issues such as in-situ burning of oil and the use of subsea
dispersants are not fully understood or accepted by regulators or other influential bodies. These are not simple solutions
to all spills; rather they are important tools in the tool box of spill response and as such all have a role to play. To deny
responders the opportunity of using them due to prejudice from lack of real knowledge would be a mistake.
NEBA (Net Environmental Benefit Analysis) concept is a very useful method of assessing viability. This concept if communicated and understood clearly, will serve as a good justification of using some of the more sensitive oil spill response tools (eg. in-situ burning and sub-sea dispersant).
The questions remains as to whether the introduction of these initiatives is sufficient or whether there is a need for a
regulatory regime to bring about the sort of improvements in oil spill incidents noted in the marine industry? The typical,
and in fact expected response is that there should be more regulation but before there is a knee jerk reaction the oil spill
record should be examined and a measured approach considered. In the same manner, as we address risks we should
address the value and impact of regulations and perhaps focus more on ensuring a better understanding of the response
options and clearing the way to more effective use of all the tools.
In conclusion, risks can be reduced either by reducing the likelihood of the event or by reducing the impact. These activities by the oil industry will do that. In the oil spill response industry, we will see not only more tools in our tool boxes
but more resources available to us. These will be made available not only through the recruitment of new response
personnel and the purchase of new equipment but through a better integration of the vast amount of resources already
available around the globe. It remains however that the best risk reduction is in preventing the spill from happening in
the first place.

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Field Trip
Walter Ziza
Fieldtrip Chairman
IPA Professional Division
Talisman (Asia) Ltd.

wziza [at]

Field Trips 2011

Following a long standing tradition of delivering
professional and relevant field programs, this continued
through 2011 with the IPA organizing a number of
educational field trips across the Indonesian archipelago
for members and non-members of the Association.
These fieldtrips are always designed to provide
educational training for individuals and petroleum
companies working in the country or having an interest
in the geology of Indonesia.

Yohannes Koesoemo, from 21st to 24th February, in the

Solo-Kuwu-Cepu-Porong-Suramadu area, with a total of
20 attendees.
This trip is intended as an introduction to the petroleum
system of the northeast Java Basin, a very well known
and historical hydrocarbon province of Indonesia. The
main aspects of the exploration methods and associated
drilling activities, production operation, traditional and
modern, are described in detail during the four days of
this trip.

During the course of the year five fieldtrips have been

conducted, coupling traditional areas of interest for the
oil and gas operators, like the Mahakam delta, to some
relatively new areas, not visited in recent years and the
object of modern reflections in terms of exploration.
This plan is in response of massive exploration activity,
particularly focusing on new hydrocarbon provinces and
basins in Indonesia, so far not entirely understood and
poorly explored.
Modern and Ancient Mahakam Delta Sedimentology
The second trip of the year was another classic technical
trip dedicated to geoscientists: Modern and Ancient
Mahakam Delta Sedimentology. It was run in April and
conducted by Irfan Cibaj (Total) as leader, with a total of
15 attendees. We greatly appreciate the assistance of
Total E&P Indonesie in making this trip possible.

Geological Trip to Cepu Area for Non-Geoscientists

The first trip of the year was the classic Geological
Trip to Cepu Area for Non-Geoscientists, conducted by

The field trip was split into three phases: the first day
was spent in the modern Mahakam delta, observing
main sedimentary processes of a modern deltaic system.
The following three days were dedicated to the outcrops
around Samarinda to examine rocks equivalent of the
subsurface formations: turbidites, carbonate rocks,
shelf deposits and deltaic deposits with distributary
channels and mouth bars. Finally, half-a-day was spent
in the lab to examine a number of cores made available
by the industry.

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Petroleum Geology of South Sumatra Basin
Dr. Alit Ascara of Talisman led the third trip of the
year: Petroleum Geology of South Sumatra Basin, from
6th to 10th May, with the participation of 13 persons.
Outcrops of the Talang Akar Formation (TAF) sandstone
and the Baturaja Formation (BRF) carbonates were the
main objectives of the fieldtrip, aiming to increase the
understanding of reservoir rocks of the South Palembang
Sub-basin. New aspects of the depositional mechanism
and diagenesis, vertical/lateral facies variations, porosity
distribution and implication in geological modeling
and seismic interpretation have been considered in an
intense five days of field work.
Carbonate Model, Petroleum System and Volcanism of
South Sulawesi
After many years, IPA organized a field trip in a region
that recently saw very interesting exploration activity:
South Sulawesi. Dr. Alit Ascara (Talisman) also led
the fourth trip of the year Carbonate Model, Petroleum
System and Volcanism of South Sulawesi, from 21st to
26th September with the participation of 8 geoscientists.

One particular stop was quite exciting near Sengkang,

there is evidence of gas seepage and the group could
even light the gas flowing from the terrain.
In the following days the trip was focused on the
observations of the Toraja Formation sandstone, as
well as an outcrop of volcanoclastic turbidite, very well
preserved, with evident beddings and other sedimentary
In the last day the participants had also the occasion to
see a modern reef sedimentation process, snorkeling
along the coast of Semalona Island, West of Makassar.
This field trip was also an excellent combination of
geoscience and cultural aspects,: during the trip the
group of geoscientists had the opportunity to appreciate
the diversity of costumes and habits of the South
Sulawesi communities, including the celebrated spicy
food of that region of Indonesia.

This IPA field trip was designed to give to participants

an exposure to the proven petroleum system of the
Sengkang Basin: source rock outcrops of Lower Eocene
Malawa Formation, Eocene-Oligocene carbonate and
sandstone (Tonasa/Toraja and Malawa Formations)
reservoirs, hydrocarbon bearing reservoir of Miocene
limestone Tacipi Formation and marl of Walanae
Formation as an active seal.
Since volcanism in this region is quite extensive, the
trip was also intended to visit outcrops of volcanic
rocks, from Eocene to Middle Miocene in age (Langi and
Camba Formations) to evaluate in the field, the scale
and the geological setting of volcanic rocks compared to
carbonate build-ups (a possible seismic interpretation
issue, differentiating volcanics from carbonate buildups).
In the first two days the participants had the chance
to visit outcrops of source rocks and reservoirs, in the
western and eastern regions of South Sulawesi. These
outcrops are direct analogues for Kampung Baru gas
field in Sengkang Basin. The scenery of this area is
outstanding: nice view of mountains, valleys and rivers.
More than 20 sites have been visited along 600km of
roads in the South Sulawesi island, inducing several
considerations on the tectonic setting and differences in
the age of collision of the Latimojong mountains fold belt.

Stratigraphy and structure Oligocene Rajamandala

In the last quarter of 2011, from 31st October to 3rd
November 9 geoscientists attended a new field trip to
Bandung, West Java, to study the Oligocene Rajamandala
Limestone. The trip was as conducted by Benyamin
Sapiie (ITB) and Toni Simo (URC Exxon Mobil Houston).
The group met in Bandung to have an initial introduction
to the area and safety. The following two days were
dedicated to field activities; the first day was spend looking
at the platform margin and onlap by calciturbidites, and
the second day focused on the drowning of the platform
and mixed clastic-carbonate succession capping the

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Rajamandala limestone. The last day was dedicated to
the description of three cores drilled behind the outcrop
and discussions centered on correlation pitfalls.
The key concepts covered in the IPA field trip were
stratigraphic architecture, correlation, sequence
stratigraphy, facies and fracturing partition. The
Rajamandala Limestone exposures are exceptional with
outcrops showing geometries similar to subsurface
seismic examples. In addition, these outcrops are
easily accessible and it is possible to walk through a
well preserved toe-of-slope to margin succession, walk
around a sequence boundary, and trace laterally for 100s
of meters, calciturbidites onlapping a platform margin.
The exposures also show backstepping of carbonates
and karsting and drowning of the carbonate platform.
Fracture and stylolite distribution based on facies and
stratigraphy is prominent and related to the deformation
of the Rajamandala limestone. The cores show the
challenges when correlation carbonates without a
conceptual understanding of how carbonates form.
Overall, the field trip and core workshop were well
received and the participants engaged into multiple
open discussions related to carbonates and fractures,
and how to apply the concepts in the subsurface.

IPA Fieldtrip Program for 2012

Looking forward to 2012, the field trips proposed for
next year include further re-runs of classic field trips
(Mahakam Delta trip, Cepu trip and the trip to South
The successful field trip on the western coast of South
Sulawesi, could be rescheduled, particularly if the
upcoming exploration activities in the area will produce
the expected results.
A field trip in East Indonesia is also being considered given
the intense exploration activities currently conducted in
the region. This will require comprehensive preparation
work, considering the logistic difficulties to visit these
remote locations. Nevertheless Im quite confident
that the interest in these regions will overcome all the
possible difficulties.
Not far from Jakarta there is an amazing example of
modern carbonate depositional systems the Pulau
Seribu (or Thousand Islands) archipelago.
Moving slightly forward, another amazing location
to study carbonate depositional systems is in the
Karimunjava archipelago. Its a bit more than one
hundred kilometers to the north of Semarang,, in the
beautiful Java sea.
Both locations are candidates for a trip to study Modern
Carbonate Environments and Depositional Systems.
These field trips are being planned in the course of 2012.
Any other suggestion from colleagues in the Indonesian
oil and gas community would be very welcome. Our
commitment is to improve the offering of geological
trips and be able to satisfy the requirements coming
from industry and academia.

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Drilling Highlights
First Half 2011
Mark Harris
di international
55B Amoy Street
Singapore 069881
Tel: +65 6225 1153
Fax +65 6225 1197
Mobile: +65 9620 7698
To respect confidentiality, details are minimized unless in the public
domain. All information from di international WEB+ and associated
data listings. Ongoing wells not included.
Editors Note: following article was current at time requested from
Contributor, but with one Editor retiring and other co-editor relocating
to Sumatra - publishing date slipped.


As of early June as we go to press, the following is a brief
summary of significant exploration drilling activities so
far this year.
No activity has taken place in 2011 to date in the North
and Central Sumatra basins.
As has been the case in recent years, the South Sumatra
Basin continues to dominate in terms of drilling activity
levels. Bunga Mas International Co. has temporarily
halted its multi-well drilling campaign in the Bunga
Mas PSC pending the arrival of a suitable drilling rig
after suspending its first three wells as gas discoveries
in 2010. PT Pertamina discovered oil in Batu Raja
Formation carbonates at Manduru 1, then confirmed
gas discoveries with wildcats Semparuti 1 and Sagu 1.
PT Tropik Energi successfully drilled delineation well
Ario Damar 3 (oil & gas) in the Pandan PSC. Finally, Pan
Orient reported a gas discovery in the Batu Gajah PSC in
Talang Akar Formation sandstones with wildcat North
Tuba Obi 1ST.
PT Pertaminas 2010 success in its onshore West Java
drilling has continued into 2011, with an oil & gas
discovery in Talang Akar Formation sandstones reported
at Pondok Tengah Raya 1.

Offshore in the West Java Sea, CNOOC has returned to

exploration drilling in the OSES PSC with two successful
wells, discovering oil at Leyana 1 in the Asri sub-basin
and gas at Zahra 1 close to the Banuwati field, both
drilled using COSLs Hai Yang Shi You 937 jack-up.
Onshore East Java, ExxonMobil has made a further
significant discovery in the Cepu PSC with wildcat
Kedung Keris 1. The well, located 10km to the west of
the Sukowati oil field, intersected an oil column of 171m
in the target Kujung Formation carbonates.
In the East Java Sea, no new wells had been spudded by
the time of going to press.
In the East Natuna Sea Tuna PSC, Premier is currently
drilling wildcat Gajah Laut Utara 1 using the Diamond
Ocean General semi-sub in 122m of water. The result
of this well will be reported in the next newsletter.
Offshore Tarakan, Eni drilled Borago 1 (dry) in the Bukat
PSC using the GSF Explorer drillship. The rig was then
relocated to the eastern Makassar Strait to continue its
multi-client contract (see below).
On the eastern side of the Strait, the GSF Explorer
drillship was used by Marathon to drill Romeo B1 and
Romeo C1 in the Pasangkayu PSC. Unfortunately, both
these wells were unsuccessful and it has been reported
that Marathon will relinquish the block. The rig was then
taken by ConocoPhillips to drill wildcat Kaluku 1 in the
Kuma PSC, the result of which will be reported in the
next newsletter.
Onshore Sulawesi, Tately reported that wildcat LG-1 in
the Lariang Basin Budong-Budong PSC resulted in a
gas and condensate discovery in Kalumpang Formation
Onshore Seram, CITIC confirmed oil at Oseil Selatan 1 in
the Seram PSC, and has since spudded delineation well
Oseil Selatan 2. Meanwhile, onshore Papua, Genting

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confirmed that after almost 10 months since spud,
Asap 1XST in the Kasuri PSC resulted in a multi-Tcf gas
discovery in Roabiba Formation sandstones.

Murphys 6,700m Lengkuas 1 in the Semai II PSC, being

drilled using the Diamond Ocean Rover semi-sub, the
result of this to be reported at a later date.

Offshore, ConocoPhillips drilling of two multi-Tcf

prospects using the Ensco 104 jack-up ultimately
proved unsuccessful. The first well was Aru 1 in the
Amborip VI PSC which was followed by Mutiara Putih
1 in the Arafura Sea PSC. Attention is now focused on

With several high profile wells remaining to be drilled

in 2011, we hope to bring you news of more significant
discoveries very soon. In the meantime, best of luck to
all operators and partners in their endeavours.

Fig 1: Successes to Date in 2011

Tately LG-1 (gas & condensate)

Genting Asap 1ST (gas)

Pan Orient NTO-1ST (gas)
PT Pertamina MDR-1 (oil)
PT Pertamina SAG-1 (gas)
PT Pertamina SPR-1 (gas)
PT Tropik Energi - Ario Damar 3 (oil & gas)


CNOOC Leyana 1 (oil)
CNOOC Zahra 1 (gas)
PT Pertamina PTR-1 (oil & gas)


ExxonMobil Kedung Keris 1 (oil)

CITIC Oseil Selatan 1 (oil)

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Global E&P Calendar
Simon Crellin
Director, Petroleum Services
Deloitte LLP (UK)
email: sicrellin [at]

Asia Pacific Conferences and Exhibitions
Feb 7-9
International Petroleum Technology Conference (IPTC)
AAPG, EAGE, SEG & SPE (hosted by PTTEP)
Feb 21-23
7th Annual Offshore Asia 2012
Kuala Lumpur
Feb 26-29
22nd Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG) Conference and Exhibition 2012
Feb 27-Mar 1
2nd Annual Offshore Indonesia Oil & Gas
IBC Asia
Mar 5-8
LNG Supplies for Asian Markets (LNGA)2012
Conference Connection
Mar 6-7
Oil & Gas Risk Management 2012
Kuala Lumpur
JFPS Group
Mar 6-8
Permit Approvals NSW
Newcastle AU
Resourceful Events
Mar 13-14
Oil Products Forum Asia
Conference Connection

Mar 19-21
12th China International Petroleum & Petrochemical Technology and
Equipment Exhibition (CIPPE 2012)
Zhenwei Exhibition Co. Ltd
Mar 20-21
Excellence in Oil and Gas
Resourceful Events
Mar 20-21
8th Deepwater Technology Asia (DTA) 2012
Mar 20-21
Advanced Contract Risk Management for Oil and Gas Asia
Kuala Lumpur
Mar 22-23
3rd Onshore Technology Asia 2012
Mar 22-23
3rd Annual Unconventional Hydrocarbons Summit 2012
China Decision Makers Consultancy (CDMC)
Mar 27-29
FutureGas 2012
Great Southern Press
Mar 27-30
Global LNG Summit
IBC Asia
SEAPEX Technical Forum & Farmout Forum
Apr 16-19
LNG Outlook Asia 2012
Apr 19-20
7th Annual Asia Gas Congress
China Decision Makers Consultancy (CDMC)

Mar 15-16
Condensate and Naptha Forum
Conference Connection

Apr 23-24
Petroleum Geoscience Conference and Exhibition (PGCE
Kuala Lumpur
Geological Society Malaysia & Petronas (Managed by EAGE)

Mar 18-20
2nd Annual Offshore Convention
Ho Chi Minh City

Apr 23-26
IBC Asia

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Apr 23-26
Offshore Drilling Rigs
IBC Asia

Data & Knowledge Management Programme as Basic Keys to
Achieve Technology and Operational Excellence

Apr 23-26
Offshore Support Vessels
IBC Asia

Diagnosis & Analysis of Waterfloods

Apr 25-26
E&P Information, Data and Knowledge Management APAC

Microseismic Monitoring in Oil & Gas Reservoir

May 13-16
APPEA 2012

Feb 6-10
Well Test Design and Analysis

May 23-25
36th Annual Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) Convention and

Feb 8-10
Workshop on EM in Hydrocarbon Exploration

May 30-Jun 2
LNG Terminals
IBC Asia
Shale Gas Series: The Asia Pacific Summit

Feb 12-14
Petroleum Risk Analysis & Portfolio Management
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Feb 13-14
Fundamentals of Oil & Gas Exploration and Production
IBC Asia

Jun 4-8
25th World Gas Conference& Exhibition
Kuala Lumpur

Feb 13-15
Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) Project Management for the Oil & Gas Industry
Kuala Lumpur
UNI Strategic

Jun 25-26
2nd Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Convention 2012

Feb 13-16
Petroleum Project Economics and Risk Analysis

Jun 25-27
17th Asia Oil Week
Global Pacific & Partners

Feb 13-16
Optimised Drilling and Well Completion Masterclass
Kuala Lumpur

Asia Pacific Training Courses and Workshops

Feb 15-17
Fractured Carbonate ReservoirsGeoscience Technology Workshop

Jan 30-31
Drilling Essentials for New Engineers and Non-Technical Professional in Oil & Gas
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)

Feb 16-17
SEAPEX Introduction to the Oil & Gas Industry (Exploration and Production) for Non-technical staff

Jan 30-Feb 3
Basic Reservoir Engineering

Feb 16-17
2 Day MBA in Oil & Gas Contracts & Negotiation

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Feb 19-23
High Pressure High Temperature Engineering
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)

Feb 23-24
Fundamentals of Seismic for Non-Geophysicists

Feb 19-23
A Field Seminar for Non-Geoscientists from Porong-PamekasanMudi-Sukowati-Ledok-Kuwu-Sangiran (Field Trip)
Indonesia (Java)

Feb 26-27
Drilling Essentials for New Engineers and Non Technical Professionals in Oil & Gas
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)

Feb 20-21
Introduction to Exploration and Production for New Engineers and
Non Technical Professionals
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)

Feb 26-29
Applied Enhanced Oil Recovery & Project Management
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)

Feb 20-22
LNG Spot Trading
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Feb 20-23
SPE/SEG Joint Workshop-Geopressure Assessment and Its Impact
on Wellbore Construction
Feb 20-23
Advanced FPSO Operational Excellence
Uni Strategic
Feb 20-24
International Gas Business Workshop
Feb 20-24
Petroleum Geology
Kuala Lumpur

Feb 26-30
Deepwater Well Engineering
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Feb 27-29
Fractured Reservoir Characterisation
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Feb 27-29
Project Management for Oil & Gas Professionals
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote
SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Feb 27-Mar 2
OSV and Charterparty Management
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Feb 27-Mar 2
Advanced Seismic Data Processing
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)

Feb 20-24
Analysis and Development of Tight Gas Reservoirs
Kuala Lumpur

Feb 28-Mar 1
Production Sharing Contracts and International Petroleum Fiscal
Systems Module I
Kuala Lumpur
Conference Connection

Feb 20-24
Advanced Seismic Interpretation

Feb 29-Mar 2
FPSO/Floating Production Technology for Offshore Oil & Gas Production
Kuala Lumpur
IBC Asia

Introduction to Petroleum Exploration
Feb 21-23
3 Day MBA in Oil & Gas
Introduction to Petroleum Drilling

Mar 5-7
3 Day MBA in LNG
Mar 5-8
LNG Supplies for Asian Markets (with workshops)
Conference Connection
Mar 5-8
Petroleum Exploration and Production

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Mar 5-9
Basic Geophysics
Kuala Lumpur
Mar 5-9
AVO, Inversion and Attributes in Seismic Interpretation
Kuala Lumpur
Mar 5-16
Exploration and Production Process Basics: Understanding the Petroleum Industry Value Cycle
Kuala Lumpur
Mar 11-22
Oil Production and Processing Facilities
Kuala Lumpur
Mar 12-14
Post Drilling & Completions - Deepwater Operations
Kota Kinabalu
Mar 12-16
AVO, Inversion and Attributes: Principles and Applications
Kuala Lumpur
Mar 12-16
Interpret multi-well Pressure Depth Plots from DSTs and
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Mar 12-16
Global Tectonics and Geological Prospecting Tools for Exploration

Mar 19-23
Subsurface Facies Analysis - Integrating Borehole Images & Well Logs
with Rock Physics and Seismic Data to develop Geologic Models
Unconventional Gas
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Introduction to Petroleum Exploration
Mar 20-21
Drilling Essentials for New Engineers and Non-Technical Professional
in Oil & Gas
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Introduction to Petroleum Drilling
Mar 21-22
Offshore Drilling and Floating Production Systems
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Mar 22-25
Fractured basement reservoir along the coast of South Vietnam (Field
Mar 23-27
The Modern and Ancient Mahakam Delta Sedimentology (Field Trip)

Mar 14-16
Fundamentals of Petroleum Geomechanics

Mar 25-28
Integrated Project Management: Innovative Approaches fora New Era

Mar 15-16
Unconventional Hydrocarbon Plays in Asia (GTW)

Mar 26-27
Drilling Essentials for New Engineers and Non-Technical Professional
in Oil & Gas
Kuala Lumpur
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)

Mar 19-23
Progressing Cavity Pumps
Kuala Lumpur
Mar 19-23
Interpret multi-well Pressure Depth Plots from DSTs and
PetroEDGE (Quote SEAPEX or IPA for 5% discount)
Mar 19-23
Geology of Clastic Reservoirs
Ho Chi Minh City

Mar 26-28
Coal Seam Gas Project Reality
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Mar 26-29
Petroleum Exploration and Production
Kuala Lumpur
Mar 26-30
Prospect and Play Assessment
Kuala Lumpur

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New Representative
JAPEX Co. Ltd.
Minoru KUNIYASU, General Manager
Lundin Oil & Gas B.V.
Jan Rijs, General Manager
Pearl Oil (Tungkal) Limited
Christopher Breckenridge, Acting President
Batara Simanjuntak
New office address:
Lundin Oil & Gas B.V.
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E-mail address: batara.simanjuntak [at]
Telephone: +62 (21) 526-2611
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Paolo Tognini
New office address:
PearlOil (Sebuku) Ltd.
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Jl. Sultan Iskandar Muda Kav. V-TA
Jakarta 12310
E-mail address: paolo.tognini [at]
Telephone: +62 (21) 7592-2830
Facsimile: +62 (21) 7592-2831

Maria Raharja
New office address:
Lundin Oil & Gas B.V.
Plaza Great River, 8th Floor
Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said Kav. X-2/No.1
Jakarta 12950
E-mail address: maria.raharja [at]
Telephone: +62 (21) 526-2611
Facsimile: +62 (21) 526-2622

Tony Swiecicki
New Office address:
Cerberus Consultants
1604-1211 Melville Street
Vancouver British Columbia Canada
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