Anglo-Dutch supermajor Shell has opened a data room as it looks to divest at least part — and likely all — of its 35% stake in the Abadi liquefied natural gas project in a sale that it could net it some $2.2 billion.

Thirty-two prospective companies have already applied to access the data room, with international players understood to be leading the drive as the asset has failed to attract either of Indonesia's leading operators.

Acting Director General of Oil & Gas at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ego Syahrial, had previously suggested that state-owned Pertamina or private compatriot Medco Energi could be candidates, but neither is believed to be in the frame.