Jokowi to utilize Rokan Block for benefit of Dumai's residents

Jokowi to utilize Rokan Block for benefit of Dumai's residents

Dumai (ANTARA) -
Dumai (ANTARA) - Presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will utilize the Rokan Block for the benefit of the state and the nation, including those in Riau Province and particularly residents of Dumai city.

"I have often said that in 2018, the Rokan Block was won by Pertamina," Jokowi said in an open campaign at the Bukit Gelanggang Field, Dumai, Riau, Tuesday afternoon.

According to the incumbent presidential candidate, the government will continue to run the Rokan Block and it will be used for the greatest benefit of the nation and state.

The Rokan block has an area of 6,264 square kilometer with the two largest oil fields, namely Minas and Duri.

PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia has been managing the Rokan Block since 1924 and had its first production in 1952. At that time, the production level on the Minas field was still at 15,000 barrels per day (bpd) and continued to increase by more than 100,000 bpd.

In this long journey, in 2017, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ignasius Jonan had invited Chevron to extend its contract because it would expire in 2021.

Pertamina also submitted a proposal to manage the Rokan Block starting 2021. This was done to align with the world's top oil companies.

Finally on July 31, 2018, the fight was settled. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources decided that Pertamina would manage the Rokan Block in 2021.

On the occasion of the open campaign, Jokowi  also introduced a card program that would be implemented for the next five years.

"For the past 4.5 years, we have already had a Smart Indonesia Card or KIP for the elementary, junior high, vocational and high school levels, and in the future, there will be a KIP for university level," he said, while showing the card.

According to him, young people will later be able to study at colleges and universities, both at home and abroad.

In front of thousands of local residents, Jokowi also introduced a  Card for unemployed person.

"This is social justice for all the people of Indonesia; this is for vocational school graduates entering the workforce and state-owned enterprises, and there will be training both at home and abroad," he said

If they have attended the training, they can enter the workforce and if they do not have a job they will be given an incentive to pay through the card, he said.