The Indonesian government wants to increase its focus on developing oil and gas reserves on its border with Papua New Guinea.
Deputy minister for energy and mineral resources Widjajono Partowidagdo says “there are blocks located on the border area with Papua New Guinea. That country started production activities in blocks located on the border area long ago. If we don’t move fast, our oil reserves can be absorbed intentionally or unintentionally by them.”
The Jakarta Post reports that companies working in Papua face many constraints, including difficulty obtaining permission to drill in protected forest areas.