Indonesia to Limit Natural Gas Exports

In another example of Indonesia’s growing protection of its natural resources, a government official announced on July 4 that Jakarta is considering a moratorium on the signing of new contracts for natural gas exports. Evita Legowo, director general for oil and gas with the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, told reporters that while gas exports generate income, using it directly for domestic purposes would have “multiplier effects” that boost local industries and the national economy.

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