Jakarta: Transportation Minister Ignasius Jonan has insisted the Cilamaya Port project in Karawang should go ahead despite his government’s decision to review the project. The planned port – some 65 km east of Jakarta – conflicts with an oil and gas block belonging to state energy firm, Pertamina. Critics have also said the facility would use up valuable agricultural land.
“Basically, the government will not allocate state budget for the construction of the seaport, but we are still offering this project to the private sector,” the West Java governor Deddy Mizwar said yesterday after meeting with the minister.
“We are proceeding with the construction of the Cilamaya port project, as long as it is funded by the private sector, to reduce the country’s logistics costs and ease the traffic at Tanjung Priok port,” Jonan said. [04/02/15]