Pontianak: The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin)-West Kalimantan Chapter demanded the government to quickly begin construction of the Trans-Kalimantan natural gas pipeline as a precautionary measure to handle future demands of people and industries.
The government has, so far, focused on areas in the Java and Sumatra Islands for development of natural gas, Head of the Kadin-West Kalimantan Chapter Joni Isnaini informed local journalists in Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan Province, on Tuesday.
Speaking in connection with the development of natural gas, Kalimantan Island is still far behind despite its significant contribution to the state revenue from the oil and gas sector, Isnaini stated.
Hence, the meeting held on July 30 involving participants -- Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) Head, Fanshurullah Asa, legislator Maman Aburrahman, and West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji -- was highly lauded, he noted.
During the meeting, the attendees discussed issues pertaining to the surveillance of fuel distribution and Trans-Kalimantan's natural gas pipeline, he revealed, adding that Kalimantan was Indonesia's future island for meeting the nation's energy demands.
"There is a dire need to construct the Trans-Kalimantan gas pipeline for transmission and distribution as a precautionary measure to handle the needs of a rising population and industrial development," he pointed out. (antara)