Abadi FLNG Terminal

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Abadi FLNG Terminal is a proposed LNG terminal in Indonesia. It is also referred to as the Masela LNG Project.


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Project Details

  • Operator: INPEX Masela Ltd[1]
  • Owner: INPEX Masela Ltd[1]
  • Parent: Inpex (65%), Shell (35%)[2]
  • Location: Masela Block, Adabi gas field, Indonesia
  • Coordinates: -9.082283, 131.319732 (approximate)
  • Capacity: 9.5 mtpa, 1.36 bcfd[3]
  • Cost: US$20 billion.[4]
  • Status: Proposed
  • Type: Export
  • FID status: Pre-FID (2026 at earliest)[5]
  • Start Year: 2030[6]

Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day


In December 2010, Indonesian authorities approved the initial plan of development deploying a floating LNG (FLNG) plant with an annual processing capacity of 2.5 million tons. In September 2015 Inpex submitted a revised plan to the Indonesian authorities for an FLNG plant with an annual processing capacity of 7.5 million tons. In April 2016, Inpex received a notification from the Indonesian authorities instructing it to re-propose a plan of development based on onshore LNG.[7]

The Indonesian government's instructions to re-purpose the plan for an onshore LNG terminal came right after Inpex announced they are delaying development of the project by at least two years. Inpex delayed the final investment decision on the project to 2020, ultimately delaying the project's operation date until at least 2026.[8] In July 2019 Inpex announced that it had received government approval for the revised plan of development (POD) for the Abadi LNG Project submitted on 20 June 2019.[9] The project will cost an estimated US$20 billion.[4]

In February 2020, Inpex announced memorandums of understanding (MOU's) with PT PLN Persero and PT Pupuk Indonesia for the purchase of gas from the Abadi FLNG Terminal.[10] In March 2020 Inpex began a review of its investment plans for the terminal and other gas projects because of the global oil price collapse caused in large part by the Covid-19 pandemic.[11] One upshot of this review may be a delay on the project's final investment decision (FID). IJGlobal reported that the FID date may be pushed back from mid-2021 to mid-2022. Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation has been appointed as the project's financial advisor.[12]

Following Shell's July 2020 announcement that it planned to exit the project and divest its 35% stake, IJGlobal reported in May 2021 that the Indonesian government was actively looking for investors to acquire Shell's stake in Abadi gas field and LNG terminal by the end of 2021. According to a government official, the project would likely face further delays if Shell's divestment did not happen.[13]

In August 2021, Inpex said that it would delay FID to 2024-2025 due to the Covid-19 pandemic and considerations related to climate change, such as redesigning the facility to include carbon capture and storage (CCS).[5]

In May 2022, Inpex announced that it would delay FID again to the latter half of the decade. Shell is still trying to sell its 35% stake in the project.[6]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Abadi LNG Project. Inpex Corporation. Accessed June 2022.
  2. Inpex, Indonesian government sign Abadi LNG development agreement, Reuters, Jun. 16, 2019
  3. Abadi LNG location decided, Upstream Online, Dec. 31, 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 Indonesia approves Inpex's plan for $20 billion Masela LNG project, Reuters, Jul. 12, 2019
  5. 5.0 5.1 Staff, Reuters (2021-08-10). "Inpex to delay investment decision on Indonesia's Abadi LNG project due to pandemic, climate change". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-06-17. {{cite news}}: |first= has generic name (help)
  6. 6.0 6.1 Voice, Energy (2022-05-12). "Japan's Inpex delays Abadi LNG project in Indonesia again - News for the Energy Sector". Energy Voice. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  7. Abadi LNG Terminal, Inpex Corporation website, accessed April 2017
  8. Indonesian regulator says Inpex to postpone Abadi LNG project, LNG World News, 17 March 2016
  9. INPEX receives Indonesian government approval for Abadi LNG Project, Hydrocarbon Engineering, Jul. 22, 2019
  10. Will Owens, INPEX signs MOUs regarding the Abadi LNG project, LNG Industry, Feb. 20, 2020
  11. Amanda Battersby, Abadi and Ichthys LNG projects in doubt as Inpex reviews spending, Upstream Online, Mar. 25, 2020
  12. Abadi LNG faces cost review, IJGlobal, Apr. 23, 2020
  13. Civi Yap, [https://ijglobal.com/articles/155661/indonesia-pressures-shell-to-divest-abadi-gas Indonesia pressures Shell to divest Abadi gas], IJGlobal, May 31, 2021

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