President to consider participating interest from Masela Block: Lebu Raya

President to consider participating interest from Masela Block: Lebu Raya

Frans Lebu Raya. (ANTARA/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Therefore, I asked the President, if possible, to share at 5 and 5 percent."
Kupang (ANTARA News) - East Nusa Tenggara Governor Frans Lebu Raya said President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will consider the participating interest (PI) from the Abadi gas drilling site in Masela block.

"Ive talked directly with the President related to the rations from the Masela block, and also submitted a written proposal, and the President will consider it," said Governor Lebu Raya here on Friday.

Governor Lebu Raya said that the East Nusa Tenggara should receive a ration from the Masela Block participating interest, as the region receives the direct impact from the Masela oil drilling site.

In the proposal, the Governor requested that East Nusa Tenggara also obtain a share of the participation rights.

"The participation right is usually set at 10 percent, and I asked, if possible, to split at 5 and 5 percent with Maluku province," said Lebu Raya.

The proposal is based on the consideration that the Masela block is outside Maluku province and East Nusa Tenggara.

Although the site is approximately 300 km closer to Maluku, it remains outside because the provinces authority is only 12 miles, he said.

The distance from Masela block to East Nusa Tenggara, particularly to Alor island, is 800 kilometers, thus the Masela block management authority lies within the central government.

"I was proposing this participation interest because, considering that this area is still in an underdeveloped areas category, the resources are limited. Therefore, I asked the President, if possible, to share at 5 and 5 percent. Hopefully, the request will receive a positive response," said Governor Lebu Raya.
(Uu.A050/INE/KR-BSR/B003)

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