Pertamina's newly appointed president Dwi Soetjipto has acknowledged the shortcomings, and has also confirmed the reality that Pertamina will need to bring on board the expertise of other parties to jointly operate the block.
"We have asked that the government appoint us as the main operator.
From there we will forge cooperation with other companies to maximize the value of the block," said Dwi, who was the president director of state-run cement producer PT Semen Indonesia prior to helming Pertamina.
has opened up the block for other companies to participate, he
provided no guarantee that Total or Inpex
would be able to stay on, even temporarily.
"The potential partners could be any private companies.
We need to see whether it is feasible for them [Total and Inpex] to remain in the block," Dwi
told The Jakarta Post