Pipelines get in the way of port development

Jakarta: A set of pipelines has been identified as the main hurdle facing the development of the much needed though delayed Cilamaya port in West Java. The aim to have the port up and running by 2017 is looking optimistic as authorities ponder how to shift crucial oil and gas pipelines belonging to state energy giant Pertamina that supply Jakarta and are in the way of the port development.

“This is why we must discuss the matter thoroughly. I have asked a team to study the project with Pertamina,” Hatta Rajasa, the economy minister, told the Jakarta Globe over the weekend.

The Rp10trn project is viewed as vital to help ease port congestion around the capital. Japan has said it is willing to help fund the port. There are a number of Japanese automobile manufacturers located near this new port.  [25/03/14]

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