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Corruption Eradication Bureau Investigate BP's Gas Sale and Purchase Contract

    The government has approved the extension of the Tangguh Cooperation Contract (KKS Tangguh) to BP as the operator and partner of the Tangguh PSC for 20 years, from 2035 to 2055. 

    The Tangguh project, which is being worked on by contractors (KKS) Berau, Muturi, and Wiriagar, produces liquefied natural gas (LNG).

    It's just that this contract extension was given earlier, giving rise to a polemic. Before his abdication, President Jokowi's administration was considered to be selling out contract extensions to a number of jumbo companies in order to guarantee long-term investment.

    Economist for Celios, Bhima Yudhistira, considers it strange to extend the contract earlier. Moreover, the contract extension occurred before the 2024 general election, causing various speculations.

    Deputy for Prevention of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Pahala Nainggolan revealed that his party had not received any news regarding the extension of the operating permit that had been granted. Even so, the KPK will explore the details of the gas sale and purchase contract in question.

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    The Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business Activities (SKK Migas) confirmed that BP Berau Ltd's contract extension had complied with regulatory requirements. Head of SKK Migas Dwi Soetjipto explained, there are a number of provisions that allow for earlier contract extensions.

    Dwi said that a number of provisions included the commitment of a gas buyer as well as the potential for exploration and development. Acting Head of SKK Migas Program and Communication Division, Mohammad Kemal, said that BP Berau has the commitment to buy and sell gas, both in the domestic and foreign sectors.

"There are domestic buyers, namely the State Electricity Company (PLN), while exports are sold to China, Japan, and Korea," said Kemal.

    Kemal said that if you refer to the provisions, then the acceleration of the extension can be carried out if the Cooperation Contract Contractor (KKKS) has a Head of Agreement (HoA) or a letter of intent (LOL) to buy gas during the contract period. 

    Referring to the provisions of Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation No. 23/2021 concerning the Management of Oil and Gas Working Areas for Cooperation Contracts that Will End, contract extensions may be given earlier.

    In Article 4 Paragraph 3 of the regulation, it is stated that the application for a contract extension is submitted no earlier than 10 years and no later than 2 years before the contract ends. As for Article 4 Paragraph 4, requests for contract extensions can be faster than the 10-year time limit for contractors who are bound by a natural gas sale and purchase agreement. 

    The next paragraph states that the natural gas sale and purchase agreement includes a letter of intent, memorandum of understanding (MoU), head of agreement (HoA), or sale and purchase contract.

    BP's Tangguh PSC actually expires in 2035. Applications for contract extensions can generally be submitted no earlier than 10 years before the contract period ends or 2025. 

    BP Berau signed an amendment to the Gas Purchase Agreement (PjBG) with PLN in 2016. This is a follow-up amendment from the signature on October 17, 2014.

    The government has approved the extension of the Tangguh Cooperation Contract (KKS Tangguh) to BP as the operator and partner of the Tangguh PSC for 20 years, from 2035 to 2055. The Tangguh project, which is being worked on by contractors (KKS) Berau, Muturi, and Wiriagar, produces Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).

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Kontan, Page-12, Tuesday, Dec 27, 2022

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