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Oil and Gas
By: Datuak Tjumano*)
Controversy of Freeport Existence

After the end of the relaxation of export concentrates or minerals that have been processed but not yet reached the stage of purification, the Government issued Regulation No. 1 Year 2017 a new effect on January 11, 2017, where mining operations have options such as Special Mining Business License (IUPK). IUPK the application will result in the addition of more taxes including income taxes (income tax), value added tax (VAT), to the land and building tax (PBB). In addition to the terms IUPK, the government still allows PT Freeport Indonesia to export concentrates on condition build smelters within 5 years and divest 51% stake to Indonesia.

Hendrajit: PT Freeport managed to make govt and parliament pitted against each other

Geopolitical analyst and Executive Director of the Jakarta-based Global Future Institute (GFI) Hendrajit said that PT Freeport Indonesia succeeded to make the government and parliament pitted against each other on the case of PT Freeport's contract extension. Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Sudirman Said officially reported House Speaker Setya Novanto to the Court of Honor Council (MKD) of the House of Representatives for allegedly using the name of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) to extend the Freeport's contract. On account of the Sudirman's complaint the relationship between the government and the House has increasingly escalated.

Pertamina to invest us$ 480 million for bio-avtur production
State-owned oil and gas company, Pertamina plans to invest approximately $ 480 million to produce bio-aviation turbine fuel (avtur/jet fuel), as well as build a refinery.

Ibn Sutowo's PSC scheme eligible to be re-applied

In the realm of oil and gas, Indonesia actually has a quite spectacular system of contract as state by Ibn Sutowo. Unfortunately, the man who  served as the first president director of Pertamina is widely known as the corruptor in the Suharto's era.

Crude oil prices steady below $49 a barrel

Oil prices have steadied below $49 a barrel after a volatile day with North Sea Brent and US crude oil dipping towards near six-year lows as another big US bank slashed its oil price forecasts.

Manufacturing industry struggles hard amid falling rupiah

Unlike previous years, 2014 was not an easy one for the country’s manufacturing sector as low demand in the global market and the sharp depreciation of the Indonesian currency severely affected the industry.

Oil, gas governance in spotlight

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry announced on Sunday the establishment of a team to solve rampant governance problems that have been gnawing at the country’s oil and gas potential, including the existence of a so-called oil and gas mafia.

The scheme of neoliberalism behind fuel price hike

The scheme of neoliberalism in 2015 is targeting Indonesia to be free of subsidized fuel. Since 2012, the government has issued permits of principle for opening foreign gas stations (SPBU). Approximately 40 permits were already issued by assuming they could manage around 20,000 SPBUs. So that from 2012 to 2015, at least there will have been some 800,000 foreign SPBUs. They are managed by Shell, BP, Chevron, Exxon, and so on. So, if there is such a 'persistence' to raise subsidized fuel prices by 40% or revoking it at all, at least the scheme could be understood.

Pertamina lifts subsidized fuel oil sale restriction

Subsidized fuel supplies are expected to return to normal, once state-owned oil and gas Pertamina lifts sale restrictions that are causing long queues at refilling stations in several regions in the past several days.

Energy news roundup
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After some initially-confused western reporting, it’s now clear Russia’s Gazprom finally did close a long-term natural gas deal with Chinese national oil company CNPC. However, there is still wide speculation about the agreed price – a sticking point that held up the deal’s closure for a decade – and equally if not more importantly, questions regarding infrastructure financing and the upstream partnership structure remain.

Iran launches 1st floating gas condensate export terminal

A senior Iranian energy official says the Islamic Republic has launched its first floating gas condensate export terminal in the Persian Gulf waters.

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