Indonesia's oil, gas industry faces uncertainties

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono becomes president of Indonesia this week with the country facing a range of energy challenges.Widhyawan Prawiraatmadja, an analyst with FACTS Inc., Honolulu, says the challenges include declining crude oil production, the country's becoming a net importer of oil products, the burden of mounting subsidies on the government's budget, declining competitiveness in LNG trade, and delays in adopting implementation rules and regulations for the 2001 oil and gas law.Questions also loom about how the new government will deal with the section of the 2001 law dealing with opening the domestic market.While the oil and gas industry remains important to Indonesia's ...

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