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Energy and mining investments in Indonesia fall to 5-year record low in 2020

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, January 11, 2021   /  01:32 pm
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A worker inspects solar panels installed on the roof of the Electricity Directorate General at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Jakarta, on Sept. 28, 2020.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Energy and mining investments hit the lowest level in at least five years in 2020, shrinking 26.6 percent year-on-year (yoy) to $24.4 billion as the coronavirus outbreak canceled projects across the board, reducing Indonesia’s chance of meeting its economic goals on time. Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry data revealed that the sharpest annual decline was booked in the electricity sector (42.15 percent), followed by mining (40 percent), renewables (17.7 percent) and then oil and gas (6.21 percent). “There was indeed a decline compared to 2019. This was because of the challenges we faced,” acknowledged Energy Minister Arifin Tasrif at a virtual press conference on Jan. 7. The COVID-19 pandemic rammed global energy and minerals demand, such that commodity prices fell to record lows and companies drastically cut capital spending. The International En...