Jokowi Orders Ahok to Monitor Oil Refinery Construction Projects



Petir Garda Bhwana

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo instructed chief commissioner and president director of state gas and oil company Pertamina, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) and Nicke Widyawati, to monitor the construction of oil refineries.

    “It has been 34 years but the project has not yet completed. I demand close monitoring and constant supervision on the progress,” said the President at Mulia Hotel today, December 10, recalling his instruction during a meeting with Ahok and Nicke at Merdeka Palace on Monday.

    The problem on the oil refineries was one of the reasons for State-Owned Enterprise (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir tapped Ahok as the chief commissioner.

    To date, several oil refinery projects managed by Pertamina had not met for completion. The continuation of the Refinery Development Master Plan or RDMP as the company’s mandate was considered a disappointment, including Cilacap RDMP. The cooperation between Pertamina and Saudi Aramco, which was commenced four years ago, was going back and forth.

    In addition to the oil refinery, the President received the company’s report on the oil and gas imports as well as preparation of the implementation of B20 and B30 biofuel.

    According to Jokowi, the biofuel implementation was expected to curb imports and suppress trade balance deficit and current account deficit. “They [Ahok and Nicke] will do it,” he said.