Inpex is forging ahead with its Abadi liquefied natural gas project in Indonesia despite the logistical challenges wreaked by the coronavirus, current market uncertainty and the likely impending departure of sole existing partner Shell.

Indonesia's upstream regulator SKK Migas and the Japanese operator have accelerated a key metocean study on the Masela block adjacent to the maritime border with Australia, taking advantage of current Covid-19 restrictions.

The overall survey time is being shortened by the vessel not putting into port in Maluku to or from its voyage from Java, which would have meant the crew having to quarantine for two 14-day stints.