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Jakarta Post

Govt, Pertamina ex-officials implicated in UK bribery case

  • Alfian

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 27 2010   /  12:40 pm

Former high-ranking officials at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and state oil and gas firm PT Pertamina are implicated in a US$6.35 million bribery case committed by a UK-based manufacturer and distributor of fuel additives. The company, Innospec Limited, recently appeared at the Southwark Crown Court and pleaded guilty to bribing officials in order to secure contracts for the supply of a lead-based product, UK government anticorruption body Serious Fraud Office announced recently. The product, known as tetraethyl lead (TEL), is a lead-based antiknock fuel additive. The additive can boost the octane value of gasoline. Indonesia initially intended its gas to be lead-free in 1999, but this was not realized until 2006. Innospec sold the TEL to Pertamina between 2002 and 2006 through its agent PT Soegih Interjaya (PTSI). During this period, the sales of TEL to ...