Manokwari, Jubi – A total of four offshore oil wells run by Joint Operating Body (JOB) Pertamina-Petrochina Salawati in Sorong, West Papua, were closed because they were no longer producing oil.
Field Manager JOB Pertamina-Petrochina Salawati, Havanto Aji, said in Sorong a 30-year exploration work resulted in six offshore oil wells. He added only two wells are still actively producing oil.
“Four offshore wells have expired when they no longer produce oil,” he said on last week.
He further said, now the remaining two petroleum wells are serving domestic oil needs.
There must be oil reserves in Salawati sea area in Sorong to Raja Ampat regency but there has been no exploration activities searching for oil reserves because the contract JOB Pertamina-Petrochina Salawati will expire in 2020.
“Six wells offshore oil JOB Pertamina-Petrochina Salawati either still active or closed production is the result of exploration 30 years ago,” he said.
Exploration and production activities of oil and gas take length of time ranging from 20 to 30 years. (*/ Tina)