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Jakarta Post

Indonesia falls behind SE Asia in gas consumption due to poor infrastructure

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

jakarta   /   Tue, October 29, 2019   /  03:28 pm
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Environmentally friendly – Two workers of state-owned gas company Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) check pipelines at a gas metering station in Tambak Lorok, Semarang, Central Java. (JP/Suherdjoko)

Indonesia falls behind most major Southeast Asian economies in adopting gas as the cleaner fossil fuel, thereby undermining the government’s energy ambition for 2025. During the period between 2008  and 2018, domestic gas consumption declined by 1.78 percent to 33.5 million tons of oil equivalent (mtoe) , according to a statistical review from London-based oil and gas company British Petroleum (BP). In most Asian countries, gas consumption has increased steadily. During the same period, the increase in gas consumption, for example, reached 9.3 percent in the Philippines, 35.8 percent in Singapore, 34.9 percent in Thailand and 33.87 percent in Vietnam. Malaysia is the only other major regional economy that recorded a decline (5.08 percent) in gas consumption during the same period. “A central feature of the fuel mix [in Indonesia] over the last 10 years has been ...