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Jakarta Post

Domestic gas supply scarce despite huge reserves

  • Satya W. Yudha

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 22 2011   /  10:36 am

Article 33 of the 1945 Constitution clearly mentions that the state controls natural resources and they should be used optimally for people’s welfare. This rich country has abundant natural resources, including oil and gas, which spreads from the western to eastern tips of the land. Ironically, the Indonesian people have yet to enjoy the wealth in equal portion.The policy to accelerate gas development in Indonesia will not easily materialize as it will need a breakthrough and strong political will. Certainly, this is in line with the increasing consumption of gas energy both in international and in domestic markets. As a country endowed with huge natural gas resources, Indonesia should have served as a good host for the gas industry, both users and producers.The 2011 Indogas Business Forum held from Jan. 24-27 at least left an important message in the efforts to develop natural gas in ...