, Jakarta: This year, the draft oil and gas bill (RUU) will be discussed by the DPR and the government. The draft version of the government’s oil and gas bill has also been prepared and is just waiting to be discussed with the DPR’s version of the bill.

Coordinator of Publish What You Pay, Maryati Abdullah, said that the revision of the Oil and Gas Law must also be based on a change in mindset of the stakeholders. Oil and gas, she argues, must be seen as assets, no longer as commodity goods which are ultimately exploited on a large scale.

Oil and gas, said Maryati, must be used as an asset, where exploitation is also carried out for the long term and must have added value. The added value here, according to her is the exploitation and production of oil and gas must also be of great benefit to the people in the oil and gas producing regions. She highlighted that there are still many oil and gas producing regions with high population disparities.

Oil and gas as an asset is also interpreted by Maryati as a government effort that should encourage the discovery of new oil and gas reserves. With the current level of production and exploitation, she estimates that Indonesia’s oil and gas reserves will be exhausted in the next 13 years.

“We don’t think how the oil and gas industry can affect other industries. We have never consistently regretted the existing oil and gas problems, “Maryati said at the office of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jakarta, Tuesday (05/26/2015).

Consistent here, Maryati meant, was that the government was still half-way in making policies in the oil and gas sector. Many policies are not detailed. ESDM Ministerial Regulation regarding Work Areas that will Expire in Contracts is one example. She questioned why only this rule was made. The regulations that still have gaps that according to her become a space for oil and gas mafia to enter.

“Many of our policies are cut off and become mafia land to play because of the policy gap. If governance is not integrated, it raises rent hunters, “he said.

Similarly, the former Chairman of the Oil and Gas Governance Reform Team Faisal Basri said that the oil and gas governance problems so far have been caused by a mindset that still considers oil and gas as a commodity. According to him, oil and gas must be the spearhead of development and industrialization.

In addition, he considered oil and gas should no longer be used as a contributor to massive state revenue. “We’re talking diligently about lifting, cost recovery. Oil and gas must act as a driving force for all sectors, thereby increasing the basis of state revenue. “We will strengthen the base first, enlarge the base, and state revenues will automatically increase more than taking care of lifting and cost revovery,” he said.

The economic observer also agreed that development in the oil and gas sector must be a sustainable development. The development of refineries to increase the amount of oil and gas production must be followed by the development of other downstream industries in the vicinity, for example the petrochemical industry.

“Now if we look at refinery projects, mostly stand alone. How can anyone benefit if you just build a refinery? ” he said.

The construction of the refinery is accompanied by the petrochemical industry. Faisal also said that the Bontang and TPPI refinery areas could be used as land to also develop the petrochemical industry.

Gabriela Jessica Restiana Sihite – May 26, 2015 17:32 WIB |