BPs 121 Billion Gas Deal Approved by Indonesia

BP's $12.1 Billion Gas Deal Approved by Indonesia

Company can now develop a third liquefied natural gas train at its Tangguh project

JAKARTA -- The Indonesian subsidiary of British oil giant BP IW 1000/4) on Monday said a $12.1 billion deal to expand its liquid natural gas operations in the country had been given final approval.

The deal, announced last month during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's state visit to London, will allow BP to develop a third liquefied natural gas (LNG) train at its Tangguh project in West Papua province, according to a statement from BP Indonesia.

"This is an important milestone towards realising this significant development, and we appreciate the government granting full approval,"  BP's Asia-Pacific regional president William Lin said.

BP is one of Indonesia's largest foreign investors and holds a 37.16 percent stake in the Tangguh plant, which began operations in mid-2009.

Indonesian Papua, in the eastern part of the archipelago, is rich in resources, drawing big investments from foreign firms. But the local population, which is mostly ethnic Melanesian, is claiming a bigger share of the profit, which has led to a low-level insurgency by separatist groups.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2012

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