Indonesians need to develop energy saving habits

Jan 28, 1997 01:00 AM

Indonesians still waste energy, while the country has to import lots of diesel fuel, mines and Energy Minister Ida Bagus Sudjana said recently. At present, only 68 % of Indonesia's villages had electricity, but this situation could improve if stricter energy saving habits were adopted, he said. Speaking on Jan. 25 at Parepare, South Sulawesi Island, Sudjana assured Indonesians that his ministry would try its best to provide electricity to all in the near future. Industry observers here said the country was spending at least two dollars from the income generated by every barrel of oil exported, in order to import diesel fuel and oil products. In 1996, the country earned three dollars from every barrel of oil exported. This had some negative impact on the country's oil sector export earnings, despite a healthy price for the benchmark crude, minas, which averaged $19.50 a barrel, up on the $16.50 projected for 1996. While private investment in local refineries had been at a standstill, state oil firm Pertamina had been importing an increasing amount of diesel to cope with domestic petroleum demand that grew at 7 - 8 % a year, the observers said.Foreign investors, having taken licenses for setting up refineries, have urged the Indonesian government to accelerate the deregulation of the domestic fuel market.

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