Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) held Monitoring and Evaluation (Monev) of Coordination and Supervision in energy sector on last 17-18th March in Pekanbaru. The monev agenda specifically covers Province of Aceh, North Sumatera, Riau and Riau Archipelago. The initiative focuses on several sectors, including oil and gas, mineral and coal, electricity and renewable energy and conservation.

According to Chairman of KPK Laode M. Syarif, Coordination and Supervision on energy sector is a series agenda of KPK to protect the natural resources. KPK sees that the sustainability of future development will highly depend on the energy necessity. “Energy demand will increase, but the current energy reservation is still limited. KPK also notices big room for corruption in pursuing national energy needs,” said Laode.

During Monev, governors from 4 provinces delivered progress on oil and gas development. They particularly highlighted six key problems, including gas distribution, nontransparent of oil and gas lifting data, mining permits, overlapping areas, stagnant power plant construction, and stalled gas pipe installation.

Related ministries and agencies directly responded to problems mentioned by the governor. For example, SKK Migas addressed the issue on transparency of oil and gas lifting data by informing the password of online real-time lifting system to local government. While gas distribution issue become the domain of SKK Migas and also BPH Migas.

Civil society organization also participates in the Monev by presenting recommendations on corruption case in oil and gas sector, and particularly for energy distribution. According to Triono Hadi from FITRA Riau, KPK needs to follow up and take an action toward the corruption cases in oil and gas sector.

“Besides that, KPK should investigate the distribution of electricity that managed by State Electricity Company (PLN), given almost 65% of electricity is distributed for industry, and 35% for household and small-medium enterprises,” said Triono Hadi. He added, the Coordination and Supervision on energy sector also needs to follow up all recommendations given in 2015 Coordination and Supervision for mineral and coal sector.

The Monev was also attended by Governor/vice governor, mayor/vice mayor, Chairman of KPK,Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Affairs, Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Forestry, etc. [WS, RAWSR]