Oil and gas exploration slows down in Indonesia

JAKARTA - Petroleum exploration and production in Indonesia has been on the decline for the past three years, due largely to confusion over the country's new tax and autonomy regulations, media reports said yesterday. According to the latest data released by BP Migas, the government's oil and gas upstream regulating agency, only 54 oil wells were drilled in 2003, compared with 75 in 2002 and 87 in 2001.

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Published: Sun 18 Jul 2004, 10:30 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:59 AM

BP Migas head Rachmat Sudibyo said many investors had decided to postpone their exploration activities because of the government's decision two years ago to end a tax waiver on imported materials and equipment for petroleum exploration and production activities.

"Investors are confused because they have to pay tax even before they obtain oil or natural gas from exploration, so they have put their exploration on hold until this issue is sorted out," Sudibyo told The Jakarta Post.

In the past, investors only paid import taxes if exploration proved successful. Oil exploration has also been hampered by the government's autonomy policy, started in 1999.

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