Economically and industrially, the Asia Pacific region is the fastest growing area in the world. Demand for energy to support this rapid expansion is expected to more than double over the next 15 years.
Natural gas, which can be found throughout the Pacific Rim, will play an important and growing role in the years ahead, both to fuel the development of local economies, and as a valuable product for export.
An excellent example of the value that can be achieved from developing and marketing natural gas resources is the Arun Field in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Arun is the largest producing gas field in Indonesia and accounts for nearly one-fourth of today's Pacific Rim LNG trade, together with substantial sales of condensate and LPG. Three local industrial facilites in northern Sumatra also depend on Arun fuel gas for plant operation.
This paper traces the history of Arun through field development, plant construction, and building of infrastructure in a remote and environmentally sensitive area. Focus is on the importance of technology to insure project success — reservoir management, drilling, well completions and highgrading of plant and field facilites to maximize gas sales.