Abadi LNG Terminal

From Global Energy Monitor
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Abadi LNG Terminal, also referred to as the Masela LNG Project, is a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal proposed in Indonesia.[1]


The terminal is proposed to be located in Masela Block, Adabi gas field, Indonesia.[1]

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Project details

  • Operator: INPEX Masela Ltd[2]
  • Owner: INPEX Masela Ltd[2]
  • Parent company: Inpex (65%), Pertamina (20%), Petronas (15%)[3]
    • Formerly Inpex (65%), Shell (35%)[4][5]
  • Location: Masela Block, Adabi gas field, Indonesia[1]
  • Coordinates: -9.082283, 131.319732 (approximate)[1]
  • Capacity: 9.5 mtpa, 1.36 bcfd[6]
  • Cost: US$20 billion.[7]
  • Status: Proposed[1]
  • Type: Export[1]
  • Start year: 2030[8]
  • Cost: US$20 billion[1]
  • Financing:
  • FID status: Pre-FID (2026 at earliest)[9]

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.[10]

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.[11] 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.[12] The project will cost an estimated US$20 billion.[7]

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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] As of June 2023, Pertamina and Petronas plan to jointly purchase Shell's stake.[17][18]

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).[9]

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.[8]

In April 2023, Inpex revised the development plan to include a carbon capture and storage (CCS) component.[1] In July 2023, Inpex said it was hopeful of receiving approval from the Indonesian authorities for its latest project development plan. A statement from the company said: “We are now working towards reaching a final investment decision in the latter half of the 2020s and starting production in the early 2030s.”[19]

In July 2023, Shell sold its 35% stake in the project to Indonesia's Pertamina and Malaysia's Petronas. Pertamina will own a 20% stake and Petronas will own a 15% stake.[3]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 LNG Prime Staff (2023-04-04). "Inpex submits revised development plan for Abadi LNG project in Indonesia". LNG Prime. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Abadi LNG Project. Inpex Corporation. Accessed June 2022.
  3. 3.0 3.1 LNG Prime Staff (2023-07-25). "Shell sells Masela stake to Pertamina and Petronas for up to $650 million". LNG Prime. Retrieved 2023-10-05.
  4. Inpex, Indonesian government sign Abadi LNG development agreement, Reuters, Jun. 16, 2019
  5. "Shell's (SHEL) Masela Project Stake to Be Acquired by Pertamina". Yahoo Finance. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  6. Abadi LNG location decided, Upstream Online, Dec. 31, 2018
  7. 7.0 7.1 Indonesia approves Inpex's plan for $20 billion Masela LNG project, Reuters, Jul. 12, 2019
  8. 8.0 8.1 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.
  9. 9.0 9.1 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)
  10. Abadi LNG Terminal, Inpex Corporation website, accessed April 2017
  11. Indonesian regulator says Inpex to postpone Abadi LNG project, LNG World News, 17 March 2016
  12. INPEX receives Indonesian government approval for Abadi LNG Project, Hydrocarbon Engineering, Jul. 22, 2019
  13. Will Owens, INPEX signs MOUs regarding the Abadi LNG project, LNG Industry, Feb. 20, 2020
  14. Amanda Battersby, Abadi and Ichthys LNG projects in doubt as Inpex reviews spending, Upstream Online, Mar. 25, 2020
  15. Abadi LNG faces cost review, IJGlobal, Apr. 23, 2020
  16. 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
  17. Doug Robson (2023-06-27). "Pertamina and Petronas Aim to Replace Shell in Masela Gas Project". ROGTEC. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  18. "Shell Set to Exit Abadi as Pertamina Plans 'Down Payment'". Energy Intelligence. 2023-06-20. Retrieved 2023-07-05.
  19. Amanda Battersby, Indonesian giant gas project targets approval this year, Upstream, Jul. 3, 2023