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Jakarta Post

RI to import 4.5m tons of LNG starting in 2013

  • Rangga D. Fadillah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 24 2011   /  12:16 pm

Indonesia, one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers, will begin importing up to 4.5 million tons of LNG every year beginning in 2013 in order to meet the surging domestic demand.

Rudi Rubiandini, a senior official at upstream oil and gas regulator BPMigas, said Wednesday that Indonesia needed to import because almost all Indonesia’s current LNG production was allocated for export.

LNG importing would begin after four LNG receiving terminals currently being built in Aceh, North Sumatra, Jakarta and Central Java were ready to start commercial operations sometime in 2013,
Rudi said.

“Actually, if we had the receiving terminals we could start importing the gas now. But we don’t have the facilities to store the gas now,” he said at the 2011 Pacific Energy Summit in Jakarta.

According to data from BPMigas, in 2011 the natural ga...