The Jakarta Post
Indonesia is eager to grab operating shares of two of Iran’s oil fields in order to make up for the archipelago’s drastically depleting reserves. Realizing the ambition, however, may not be easy.
During a meeting to follow up on his recent visit to Iran, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo emphasized the importance of being awarded operating contracts for the Ab-Teymour and Mansouri fields amid fierce competition from other oil and gas companies abroad.
“I hope that our team here can swiftly start preparations, so that the operatorship of these two oil fields can be handed over to Indonesia when we meet again with Iran in January,” he said on Thursday.
Indonesia has been eyeing Iranian oil ever since international sanctions against the Middle Eastern country were lifted in January, in exchange for disabling much of its nuclear infrastructure.