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  • Premium Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Prices in Indonesia Cut per 1 April

    Premium Gasoline & Diesel Fuel Prices in Indonesia Cut per 1 April

    Per 1 April 2016 Indonesia's premium gasoline and diesel fuel prices decline by IDR 500 (approx. USD $0.04) per liter. Provided no shocks occur on the international crude oil market, these prices will remain at this level up to 31 September 2016. In January 2015 the Indonesian government scrapped generous subsidies for premium gasoline and capped the subsidy for diesel fuel at IDR 1,000 per liter. Ever since, Indonesian authorities evaluate prices of premium and diesel each quarter and determine prices based on crude oil price movements on the international market.

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  • Indonesia May Cancel Controversial Mineral Ore Export Ban

    Indonesia May Cancel Controversial Mineral Ore Export Ban

    The Indonesian government seems to abandon or delay its policy of banning mineral ore exports from 2017 onward. In January 2014 the ban on exports of raw minerals, part of the 2009 Mining Law, came into effect. However, due to the lack of domestic processing facilities the government allowed the resumption of certain concentrate exports (such as copper concentrate) provided the miner would be committed to the construction of smelting facilities, and pay higher taxes and royalties. The export ban was highly controversial as it conflicted with existing contracts and therefore caused outrage in Indonesia's mining industry.

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  • Indonesian Government Seeks Investors for Bontang Oil Refinery

    Indonesian Government Seeks Investors for Bontang Oil Refinery

    The government of Indonesia wants to construct the Bontang oil refinery in East Kalimantan through a private-public partnership (PPP). Sudirman Said, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, said construction of the Bontang oil refinery is scheduled to commence in 2017. State-owned energy company Pertamina will be in charge of the project and is now searching for investors to participate in the project which is estimated to require a total of USD $14.5 billion in investment.

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  • Indonesia & Hungary: Bilateral Trade, Investment & Relations

    Indonesia & Hungary: Bilateral Trade, Investment & Relations

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo met Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Jakarta on Monday (01/02) to discuss bilateral issues including trade and investment. High on the agenda was the topic of solar power. Reportedly, Hungary plans to invest USD $20 million for the construction of a 5 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Central Tapanuli (North Sumatra). Other topics included the manufacturing sector, fishery sector, the digital economy, and the promotion of peace and stability.

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  • Net Oil Importer Indonesia Officially Rejoined OPEC

    Net Oil Importer Indonesia Officially Rejoined OPEC

    Per 4 December 2015 Indonesia officially rejoined the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), seven years after the country had voluntarily exited the organization as it had turned in to a net oil importer. On the 168th meeting of the OPEC, held in Vienna (Austria), OPEC President (and Nigeria's Oil Minister) Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu welcomed Indonesia back into the organization. At the meeting Indonesia was represented by Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Sudirman Said.

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  • Government of Indonesia plans to Allow Earlier Talks for Extension of Mining Contracts

    In an effort to improve legal certainty and the business climate in Indonesia’s mining industry, the government announced it will revise a regulation that currently limits the time to start negotiating about an extension of a mining permit to two years before the concession contract’s expiration date. Sudirman Said, Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Minister, said the government plans to allow extension talks to start up to ten years before contracts end.

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  • Oil Sector Indonesia: Production Target 2016 and Rejoining the OPEC

    Oil Sector Indonesia: Production Target 2016 and Rejoining the OPEC

    Indonesia expects to produce between 800,000 and 830,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd) in 2016. This range was agreed during a working meeting between Commission VII (which oversees the country’s energy sector) of the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry. The meeting was held in the context of deliberations on the 2016 State Budget. So far this year, Indonesia’s crude oil output stands at an average of 802,046 bpd (monthly basis). Domestic demand, however, stands at 1.43 million bpd.

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  • Fuel Policy Indonesia: Premium Not to Be Fully Replaced by Pertalite (Yet)

    Fuel Policy Indonesia: Premium Not to Be Fully Replaced by Pertalite (Yet)

    Contrary to earlier reports the Indonesian government has not decided yet to completely phase out production and consumption of low-octane gasoline (known as premium) in Indonesia. Last week state-owned energy company Pertamina said that premium, a subsidized fuel that was introduced under the Suharto regime in order to support the population’s purchasing power (by making transportation costs artificially low) would be gradually replaced by 90-octane pertalite, a higher-grade fuel, starting from May 2015.

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  • Oil Update Indonesia: Authorities Agree on Oil Production Target

    Oil Update Indonesia: Authorities Agree on Oil Production Target

    Indonesia’s Commission VII of the House of Representatives (DPR) - the commission that oversees the country’s energy affairs - and the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources agreed on Wednesday (28/01) to set a 825,000 barrels per day (bpd) oil production target for 2015 in the Revised 2015 State Budget (APBN-P 2015), up from an estimated 794,000 bpd of realized production in 2014. Since its peak production of 1.6 million bpd in 1995, oil output of Indonesia (a former OPEC member) has declined drastically.

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  • Coal Mining in Indonesia: Safeguarding Future Energy Sources

    Coal exports from Indonesia are expected to decline in the remainder of 2014 as the Indonesian government implemented a new licensing system for domestic coal miners - the ‘Listed Exporter’ status (Indonesian: Eksportir Terdaftar, ET) - per 1 October 2014 in an effort to optimize monitoring of the coal mining industry (illegal coal shipments from Indonesia form a structural problem). This new legal framework has led to confusion among miners causing that not all miners have been able to obtain the necessary status to resume coal shipments.

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  • Flip-Flop in Indonesian Politics: Reviewing the Mineral Ore Export Ban

    Flip-Flop in Indonesian Politics: Reviewing the Mineral Ore Export Ban

    The government of Indonesia is yet to find a middle way between encouraging the development of processing facilities for the country's mining output and the relaxation of mineral ore exports. Based on Law No. 4/2009 on Mineral and Coal Mining (New Mining Law), exports of mineral ore should have been fully banned in 2014. However, due to the lack of domestic smelting capacity a last-minute regulation was signed in early January 2014 by former Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that softened this ban.

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  • Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg Contract Extension, Share Divestment & Investment

    Freeport Indonesia's Grasberg Contract Extension, Share Divestment & Investment

    Freeport Indonesia, the local unit of US-based energy and mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Inc, will be allowed by the Indonesian government to operate the Grasberg mine in Papua (the world’s largest gold mine and third-largest copper mine) beyond 2021 (when the existing contract expires). Sudirman Said, Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, told reporters that the central government has provided assurances to Freeport. However, it will require a regulatory amendment first before Freeport Indonesia can submit a proposal for extension.

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  • Pertamina to Take Control of Indonesia’s Mahakam Oil & Gas Block

    Pertamina to Take Control of Indonesia’s Mahakam Oil & Gas Block

    Indonesia’s state-owned energy company Pertamina and local governments will become the new operators of the Mahakam oil and gas block (located offshore in East Kalimantan) after existing contracts of current operators end on 31 December 2017. The Indonesian government announced on Friday (19/06) that it is to grant Pertamina a 70 percent stake in the Mahakam block, Indonesia’s largest oil and gas block. The current operators of the block are French oil giant Total SA and Japan-based oil firm Inpex Corp, each owning a 50 percent stake.

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  • Gas Industry Indonesia: Pertamina to Become Mahakam Block’s Operator

    Gas Industry Indonesia: Pertamina to Become Mahakam Block’s Operator

    Sudirman Said, Indonesian Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources, announced that state- owned energy company Pertamina will become the new operator of the offshore Mahakam oil & gas block in East Kalimantan starting from 1 January 2018, replacing current operators Total E&P Indonesia (the local unit of France-based Total S.A.) and Japan-based Inpex Corporation as existing contracts expire in 2017. The Ministry, Pertamina, Inpex and Total met on Friday (27/03) to discuss the transition process.

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  • Freeport Indonesia Speeds up Land Acquisition to Secure Export Permit

    After the government of Indonesia threatened to revoke the export permit of Freeport Indonesia by the end of January on claims that the company fails to show its commitment to establish a new copper smelter in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, the local unit of US mining giant Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold (re)confirmed today that it is serious to build the smelter. Based on renegotiations between the government and Freeport Indonesia (agreed upon in July 2014), the company had been allowed to resume copper concentrate.

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