Exxonmobil, Pertamina urged to expedite explorations
Washington DC (Antara News
) - The Indonesian government has urged ExxonMobil and state-owned oil and gas company PT Pertamina to expedite gas and oil explorations for mutual benfit although their production schedule would only commenece in 2009.
"In the Cepu block, ExxonMobil has started working but we urge them to expedite their exploration activities in 2008 although they do not need to maximize their activities yet," Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla said after a meeting with executives officers of ExxonMobil and other US big companies here Monday local time.
Kalla in the company of Minister of Trade Mari E Pangestu, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Deputy President Director of Pertamina Iin Arifin Takhyan and secretary to the vice president Gembong Prijono met with Senior Vice President Stuart R McGill, Asia Pacific Vice President for Exploration and General Manager of ExxonMobil for Indonesia Peter Coleman.
The vice president also met separately with executive officers of Chevron, Newmon, Halliburton, General Electrics and Freeport Mc Moran Corp.
According to Kalla, McGill promised to expedite operational activities in the Cepu Block.
"So far there are no obstacles and its production schedule commences in 2009. Otherwise, they ask Pertamina`s personnel to prepare the production," he said.
Arifin Takhyan said Pertamina would prepare 50 percent of personnel.
"Now 20 percent of our personnel has been involved in operational preparations.
On profit sharing, under the existing law, the region will get 15 pct, later divided fro districts.
The East Java legislative assembly has asked ExxonMobil and Pertamina to soon carry out activities in Cepu Block in Banyu Urip village, Bojonegoro district because there has no activities in the past two months following the sigining of the Plan of Development (POD).
"This will cause local people to worry because they rely much on the project. Therefore we urge them to carry out activities though a working program in budget has yet to be signed by the executive agency of upstream and business activities (BP Migas)," Edy Wahyudi, an assemblyman said.
He also said that the companies should carry out community development first and POD familiarization.
He hoped President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to soon issue a decree on 10 pect of participating interest of local enterprises consortium.
The consortium consists of East Java, Bojonegoro district, Central Java and Blora administrations.(*)