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Indonesia's Tangguh faces LNG supply problem -regulator

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JAKARTA, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Indonesia's Tangguh oil and gasproject, operated by British energy giant BP , facesproduction delays that could hamper its capacity to delivercargoes of liquefied natural gas, the state oil and gasregulator said.

"Tangguh has a problem with one of its loading lines thatcould mean we have to reduce production," Gde Pradnyana, deputyof operation control at BPMigas told Reuters via text message onThursday.

Pradnyana did not say what caused the problem or estimatehow long it might take to resolve.

BP officials were not available to comment.

The regulator suggested this week that BP might offer fourLNG cargoes for sale on the spot market in October, as part ofthe eight cargoes it had planned to offer this year.

The Tangguh field is situated in Bintuni Bay off the coastof Indonesia's Papua province, and has two liquefaction trainswith a capacity of up to 3.8 million mt/year of LNG.

(Reporting by Fergus Jensen; Editing by Rebekah Kebede andClarence Fernandez)

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Keywords: INDONESIA LNG/BP