RH Petrogas awarded new 20-year terms for two Indonesian contracts

Singapore-listed RH Petrogas, an independent upstream oil and gas company, said it has obtained approval from Indonesia to enter into new 20-year contract terms for two production sharing contracts (PSCs) when their current contract terms expire in 2020.

These contracts pertain to the projects in Kepala Burung (Basin PSC) and Salawati Kepala Burung (Island PSC), the company said yesterday.

Under the decrees of Indonesia's Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, the company, through its subsidiaries Petrogas (Basin) and Petrogas (Island), has been awarded a 70 per cent participating interest in the Basin PSC and the same in the Island PSC.

The remaining 30 per cent participating interest has been awarded to Pertamina, Indonesia's national oil company.

The existing Basin PSC and Island PSC will not be extended beyond their current expiry dates, and the new terms have been offered under new production sharing contracts based on the gross split model implemented by the Indonesian government last year to replace the cost recovery terms in existing PSCs.

The group currently holds a majority 60 per cent participating interest in and operates the Basin PSC and holds a non-operated 33.2 per cent participating interest in the adjacent Island PSC. The two PSCs currently produce some 3,940 barrels of oil equivalent per day net to the group's participating interests.

Under the existing cost recovery regime, PSC contractors are entitled to recover their cost of operations in-kind out of gross production before any remaining "profit" production is shared with the Indonesian government, and PSC contractors are liable to pay tax on their share of such "profit".

Under the gross split regime of the new PSC, the Indonesian government and PSC contractors shall share the gross production based on an agreed split, and PSC contractors are liable to pay tax on any profit after deducting the cost of operations incurred from their share of gross production.

In addition, the participants in the new PSCs will be committed to carry out an agreed set of firm work programmes during the first five contract years that include geological and geophysical studies, seismic acquisition and processing, exploration well drillings and pilot enhanced oil recovery projects.

The financial commitment for the firm work programmes are US$61.2 million (S$83.4 million) and US$36.3 million for the Basin and Island blocks respectively under the new PSCs.

The final award of the new PSCs to the group is conditional on agreement of their terms and signing.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2018, with the headline 'RH Petrogas awarded new 20-year terms for two Indonesian contracts'. Print Edition | Subscribe