The gas reserves were discovered in the mid-1990s by Atlantic Richfield Co. (ARCO). Tangguh LNG is operated by BP Berau Ltd. (100% owned by BP). Other wholly-owned BP subsidiaries in Tangguh LNG development are BP Muturi Holdings B.V., BP Wiriagar Ltd. and Wiriagar Overseas Ltd. – giving BP a 40.22% unitized participating interest in Tangguh LNG.
Other Tangguh Partners are:
- MI Berau B.V. (16.30%)
- CNOOC Muturi Ltd. (13.90%)
- Nippon Oil Exploration (Berau) Ltd. (12.23%)
- KG Berau Petroleum Ltd (8.56%)
- KG Wiriagar Petroleum Ltd. (1.44%)
- Indonesia Natural Gas Resources Muturi Inc. (7.35%)
Tangguh started production in 2009, just four years after its initial sanction by the Government of Indonesia, and is operating at design capacity with work now ongoing to expand the plant through the addition of a third train (Train 3).
The Tangguh Technician Apprentice Programme is designed to train its participants into skilled technicians who are ready to work at BP or other oil and gas projects.
Various competencies are taught in this intensive three-year programme, such as physics, maths, chemistry, English, oil & gas production, mechanical, instruments, electricity, work safety and a few others.
The programme is aimed for indigenous Papuans living in Papua Barat with minimum high school graduate and maximum D4 graduate whose age falls within the range of 16 to 30 years old.
112 Papuan youths participate in the three year intensive program with 32 have completed the program and currently working as technicians at Tangguh LNG.
This is a reflection of Tangguh LNG's commitment to the development of local Papuan workforce to meet the 85% Papuan workforce by 2029. With this programme, Tangguh created a platform to prepare local talent for a better Papua Barat.