Harness Increases Its Presence In The Indonesian Market

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After steadily expanding our presence in the ASEAN region over the last from years, Harness is now the largest provider of IWCF well control courses in the region. Among the biggest steps there has been the opening of our first office in Indonesia, building our presence in the largest economy in Southeast Asia and a major contributor to the region’s oil and gas sector.

Our presence in Jakarta is just one sign of the broader development of the oil and gas sector in the country, spurred on by the country’s mature oil fields and potential for further exploration and extraction in the future.

Indonesia’s oil and gas sector

Driving our decision to invest more resources into our training presence in the region is the huge potential that Indonesia’s natural reserves have, above current production.

In fact, a study from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reported that Indonesia is already the second-largest producer of natural gas in the Asia-Pacific region, ranking behind mainland China on this metric. This presence is supported by three natural gas facilities located in the country’s east (Aceh), north-east (East Kalimanten) and west (West Papua).

While natural gas is well-established in the country, there are also new exploration efforts that present a new opportunity for further extraction. According to the PwC report, 75 per cent of oil and gas exploration and production is focused in Indonesia’s west, while the country’s eastern regions have seen much less exploration work. Despite this, the country’s east has 39 tertiary and pre-tertiary basins that have potential for future exploration work.

Further regulations introduced for non-conventional oil and gas sources

While the demand for traditional oil and gas reserves in established basins is continuing in Indonesia, the government is also introducing new legislation that will shape the exploration of non-conventional oil and gas sources. This year, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) introduced new legislation that will affect the contracts governing the extraction of these resources.

Although that agreement was limited to contractual arrangements, the development underscores the possibilities for greater extraction of non-conventional oil and gas resources in coming years. Other countries like Australia, have already seen the benefits of exploiting non-conventional sources of natural gas, with the country’s Gladstone LNG facility delivering its first exports late last year.

Harness’s presence increases in Indonesia

Through our training centre in Jakarta, Harness are now offering IADC certifications and IWCF qualifications to employees based in Indonesia who require a knowledge of the basic principles and theory behind well control.

These five-day intensive courses have been carefully designed in collaboration with the IADC and IWCF, in order to ensure they offer students with best-practice training in these areas. Running throughout the year, these courses can provide a vital introduction to the common challenges that arise with the well-control process.

Our range of courses can also suit workers at different levels in their career. As well as basic courses designed for all members of a well-control team, Harness can provide training for well supervisors and office staff who will be working on a site.

This variety helps to explain how we have become the largest provider of IADC and IWCF well control courses in the ASEAN region, as well as the exclusive relationships we have developed with companies from across the sector.

Providing new training options to the Indonesian oil and gas sector

Indonesia’s already mature oil and gas sector, coupled with the country’s considerable natural reserves that are yet to be exploited, mean the potential for training courses like IWCF well control is only going to increase further in the future. As new basins in Eastern Indonesia are explored over coming years, the demand for these skills will likely remain high.