An Indonesian legislator urged the government to quickly follow up on China's offer for Indonesia to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the province of Fujian, a local newspaper reported Friday.
Joseph Umarhadi of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) said the government should set up a task force soon for the LNG supply and send its members to have further talks with the Chinese government.
"Don't talk about volume right now. Let's think about how we can supply LNG to the country", Joseph was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.
During a news conference held last week, Minister of Energy and Mineral resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro said the government had set up a task force to follow up on China's offer, underlining the task force would go to China immediately to get clear information about the offer.
According to the minister, the team comprises officials from the ministry, the state-formed oil and gas upstream authority, state oil and gas firm Pertamina and BP Indonesia. But no further report was available so far.
China awarded Indonesia last Thursday with a contract to supply 2.5 million metric tons of LNG per year to Fujian, after Indonesia failed to win the major LNG contract to Guangdong Province.
(Xinhua News Agency August 16, 2002)