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Yearender 2020: Indonesian energy demand collapses to record lows

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A Pertashop gas station in a village in Lampung on Oct. 6, 2020.(Pertamina/-)
Norman Harsono
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Jakarta   ●   Wed, December 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic hit the global energy market, including Indonesia, this year, as industry players were pressured by low demand due to virus containment measures.

Domestic demand for fuel, gas and electricity began declining in late March, as Indonesia announced its first COVID-19 case earlier that month. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo then instructed people to work and study from home after a rise in virus cases.

However, it was in April that energy demand plummeted to historic lows as regional administrations, led by Jakarta, enacted large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to contain the escalating pandemic. All but several strategic industries, such as food, finance and medicine, were forced to shut down. 

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