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Jakarta Post

BREAKING: Government sacks Pertamina chief

  • Viriya P. Singgih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 20, 2018   /   04:31 pm
BREAKING: Government sacks Pertamina chief Breaking News (TJP/File)

The government has overhauled the board of directors of state-owned energy giant Pertamina, including by sacking president director Elia Massa Manik and four other directors, following a recent oil spill in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, and amid the scarcity of Premium gasoline in various regions.

Fajar Harry Sampurno, the State-Owned Enterprise Ministry's undersecretary for mining, strategic industries and media affairs, announced on Friday afternoon that the government had sacked Elia during Pertamina’s extraordinary general shareholders meeting. Subsequently, Pertamina human resources director Nicke Widyawati has stepped up as the company’s acting president director.

Read also: Pertamina sanctioned for Balikpapan oil spill

“This is actually part of our efforts to strengthen and expedite the establishment of [Pertamina as an] oil and gas holding firm,” Fajar told reporters after the announcement.

“Moreover, this decision also follows the latest developments, including the oil spill in Balikpapan and scarcity of some fuel types.”

In addition, the government has also dismissed Pertamina marketing director Muchamad Iskandar, processing director Toharso, asset management director Dwi Wahyu Daryoto and petrochemical and processing megaproject director Ardhy N. Mokobombang.

As a result, the government has appointed Budi Santoso Syarif as the new processing director, Basuki Trikora Putra as corporate marketing director, Masud Hamid as retail marketing director, Haryo Junianto as asset management director, Heru Setiawan as petrochemical and processing megaproject director and Gandhi Sriwidjojo as infrastructure director. (bbn)