Government to increase utilization of natural gas for energy

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Medan, N. Sumatra (ANTARA News) – The government will continue to increase utilization of natural gas for fuel from 19 percent of the national energy consumption at present to 24 percent in 2050.

The increase in the utilization of natural gas is in line with the Regulation of the Government No 79 of 2014 on the National Energy Policy, head of Upstream Oil and Gas Regulator (BPH Migas) M Fanshurullah Asa said here on Sunday.

In 2036, the entire production of natural gas is expected to be used domestically in 2036 at the latest, Fanshurullah said.

In 2017, around 58.59 percent of the countrys gas production was for domestic consumption with 41.41 percent exported, he said.

Meanwhile, BPH Migas is improving services and protection of consumers, he said.

Based on data from Asean Centre for Energy, natural gas portion in energy mix in ASEAN is 24 percent.

Beside as fuel, natural gas is used as feedstock in industries such as in fertilizer industry and in power plants.

Development of gas pipe of Trans-ASEAN, would increase demand for natural gas, Fanshurullah said.

Indonesia has a reserve of 142.72 trillion Standards Cubic Feet of gas a clean source of energy and environmentally friendly.

Source: ANTARA News