Indonesia plans to offer 27 oil and gas blocks in 2014 in both regular tenders and direct offers.

The blocks on offer include 20 conventional blocks, 6 shale gas blocks, and 1 coal bed methane block, Oil and Gas Director General Eddy Hermantoro said Thursday in Jakarta.

Canada-based Husky Energy Inc. won rights Thursday to develop the Anugerah Block off the coast of East Java, the government said, with a commitment to invest $4.91 million and a signature bonus of $1.5 million as part of the direct offer stage-I 2013 bidding round, Reuters reported.

Direct offer tenders are preceded by a joint study process, in which oil and gas companies and the government work together to develop seismic data for certain blocks. Companies involved in the study then gain rights to match bids once the blocks are offered in the tender, discouraging other participants.

Indonesia’s crude imports are expected to increase in 2014, after output declined to around 827,000 barrels per day in 2013, Reuters said.


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