SUBROTO: LOOMING NET IMPORT STATUS COULD FORCE INDONESIA FROM OPEC

Indonesia could be forced to leave the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries by 2005 if it becomes a net petroleum importer as expected. So said Indonesia's Subroto, OPEC secretary general, last week at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. However, Subroto added that Indonesia could delay that development by turning to alternate energy sources for much of its domestic needs. Being a net exporter of petroleum is an essential qualification for OPEC membership.

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