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Indonesia sees gas as bridge to carbon neutral

JAKARTA – Indonesia’s state-owned Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) is seeking investors for seven new initiatives in a clear sign the country will be falling back on its rich reserves of natural gas to ease the difficult transition from coal to renewable energy over the next three decades.

Among them are more gas-fired power stations, particularly in central and eastern Indonesia, the development of regional liquified natural gas (LNG) hubs and new floating storage regasification (FSRU) plants, and the increased use of LNG for bunkering and sea transportation.

PGN director of sales and operations Fariz Aziz says his enterprise also wants to build a gas-based methanol industry, along with bio-methanol processed from palm oil liquid waste, and to expand citywide pipeline networks for domestic households.