PLN and Salamander Energy Signed Gas Purchase Agreement Bengkanai

JAKARTA. Today, Tuesday (6/28) in Central PLN Office, The President Director of PLN (Persero), Dahlan Iskan together with General Manager PT Salamander Energi Limited  Jhon Henriksen have signed Gas Purchase Agreement (PJBG) Bengkanai Field which is located in Muara Teweh District, Central Kalimantan. In the agreement, it is dealt that in the future PT Salamander will supply gas volume of 20 bbtud (billion british thermal unit per day). While, the dealt gas price by both sides is US$ 4.79/mmbtu with escalation 3 % per three years.

PT Salamander Energy will supply gas starting from June 2013 up to 2033. This Bangkanai gas supply next will be used to fulfill gas needs for power plants existing in Kalimantan areas, mainly in South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and East Kalimantan. By this cooperation, it is predicted that the potency of fuel cost saving done by PLN could reach Rp.1.019.844.000.000 per year, in HSD price assumption is Rp 8.500,- per liter in dollar exchange rate Rp 8.600,-. This gas utilization also gives a better chance for PLN to decrease dependency towards HSD fuels for Diesel Oil Power Plant (PLTD), which is replaced by gas so it could also decrease Basic Cost Production (BPP). If BPP for electricity could be suppressed, then it will give effects for decreasing electricity subsidy supplied by the government.

In the next some years, electricity supply for South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and East Kalimantan will certainly stronger along with the construction of some Coal Power Plants (PLTU). It is hoped that the construction of PLTU could be operated by 2016. At that time, Bangkanai gas will be storage in form of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) to supply the primary energy needs for PLN generators and is predicted to be able to produce power up to 350 MW. This power supply next will be utilized especially in the peak load in South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan and East Kalimantan, which is in 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Besides, the ability of power supply in the area will also be strengthened by the power supply from Independent Power Producer (IPP), which is recently in construction and is hoped in the middle of 2013, this IPP generators could be operated to supply electricity power of 120 MW. (AK)