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Masela LNG Project Hampered by Land Problems



The Masela Block liquefied natural gas (LNG) refinery project in the Tanimbar Islands, Maluku, faces a winding road. After Royal Dutch Shell will leave the Masela Block, the problem now arises from the unfinished refinery holding.



Referring to the notes of the Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Activities (SKK Migas) until June 2020, the available land is still partial. Even though this project is targeted to operate or onstream by 2027.



    The problem of the Contribution is potentially more complicated. Because reportedly, the Sinar Mas Group is said to have bought a portion of land in the village of Lermatang, South Tanimbar, Tanimbar Islands, Maluku Province. Its location is in the Weminak River area, the border between Lermatang Village and Bomaki Village.

Even though Maluku Governor Murad Ismail in early June this year submitted the Governor's Decree regarding the determination of the allocation of the Masela liquefied natural gas refinery port on Nustual Island, Lermatang Village, South Tanimbar, to the Head of SKK Migas Dwi Soetjipto. In the Maluku Provincial Government Decree, the allocation is 27 hectares (ha). The land in that location is said to have been bought by the Sinar Mas Group.

"I have got a report. But because the large-scale land acquisition is handled by Jakarta, we submit this problem to Jakarta (SKK Migas). " Rinto Pudyantoro, Chief Representative of SKK Migas Papua Maluku.

But Rinto was reluctant to mention on behalf of what company and what price of land purchased by the Sinar Mas Group. Rinto only stated that, in principle, the Masela Blok LNG refinery project was a state project, so the land was bought and acquired on behalf of the Minister of Finance and became the property of the state. Likewise, private property to be purchased.

Gandi Sulistiyanto

The Managing Director of the Sinar Mas Group, Gandi Sulistiyanto, denied that he had bought or even owned land in the area.

"I have checked with the forestry and mining unit, there is no land in the area. Where's the news from? Which regency and province? "He said.

Acting Head of the SKK Migas Program and Communication Division, Susana Kurniasih, said that the Sinar Mas Group did not coordinate with SKK Migas.

"If it is true that Sinar Mas will be active in Lermatang Village, we hope that the activities will not interfere with the Masela project plan," he said.

    Moreover, the Tanimbar District Head, Maluku Governor and the Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK) have agreed on the needs of the LNG refinery allocation. Head of SKK Migas. Dwi Soetjipto emphasized that the Masela onshore LNG Plant project should not be disrupted. The Central Government and regional governments have committed to that, "he said.


    Regarding the prospective LNG Plant location, the management of Inpex Corporation stated that it always refers to the Decree of the Maluku Governor. The exact location and area of ​​the Abadi LNG refinery will be finalized after the results of the survey and design study have been studied, "said MN Kurniawan. Act Corporate Communication Manager Inpex Masela.

Kontan, Page-1, Monday, July 27, 2020
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