Mitsui to develop Vietnam gas field for USD 740M

Japanese trading house Mitsui & Co has reached a final investment decision to develop Vietnam’s Block B gas field, with its share of development cost of about USD 740M.

The project, 330 km off south-west Vietnam, will comprise a gas field and a pipeline linking it to a gas-fired thermal power plant. Mitsui is making the investment through its unit Mitsui Oil Exploration (MOECO). Its partners are state oil and gas group Vietnam Oil and Gas Group, PetroVietnam Exploration Production Corp, PetroVietnam Gas Joint Stock Corp, and Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production Public Company.

Gas production capacity from the field is estimated at 490 million cubic feet per day, with output slated to start by the end of 2026, Mitsui said in a statement. The project will also include a midstream development for gas transportation.

Two joint ventures of MOECO and the Japan Organization for Metals and Energy Security hold a 23% stake in the gas field, while another MOECO subsidiary owns a 15% stake in the planned pipeline.

Mitsui considers natural gas and liquefied natural gas as pivotal during the energy transition and expects the project to help a sustainable shift towards a more decarbonised society, it said.

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