Luhut Pushes for LNG Terminal in Bali to Meet Domestic Energy Needs
TEMPO.CO, Denpasar - Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan urged the acceleration of the construction of the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Bali in a bid to prioritize domestic energy needs and no longer export the commodity.
“Yes [it will no longer be exported]. We support the LNG Bali project. With Pak Darmo (the managing director of state-owned electricity firm PLN), we will later collaborate with PLN and Pelindo to build it there,” Luhut said in the Kura-kura Bali Special Economic Zone (SEZ), Denpasar on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.
He explained that with the presence of an LNG Terminal in Bali plus all existing terminals across the archipelago, the natural gas production would be sufficient and would even see an oversupply in 2032.
The oversupply of the commodity would be primarily used to meet the domestic demand. To date, Indonesia continues to export the commodity but in the end, imports must also be conducted.
“We can just open it all here in the country. It will provide added value. It will open more jobs for people, and prices can be suppressed,” Luhut said.
The LNG terminal in Bali, Luhut added, could lower the spending as long as it does not disturb tourist areas. He also said that the government had plans to stop export, but it must respect ongoing contracts, so the ban only applies to the new ones.
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