Shout Out – 2019-09 CAFEO37 Malaysia Pavillion

August 26, 2019

The title says it all. Send your booking NOW to the IEM.

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Marketing Rounds – Ballet of the Excavator

June 29, 2016

This type of work gives the SHO a heart attack. If there was one.

Indonesia’s Oil and Gas Boss Arrested on Corruption Charges

September 29, 2013

Ooo, is this a foreshadowing? Dateline Asean Beat, 2013-08-15:

The leader of Indonesia’s oil and gas regulatory committee, Rudi Rubiandini, was placed under late on Tuesday. Rubiandini, who was appointed head of SKKMigas in January, was taken into custody with three unnamed acquaintances. SKKMigas oversees oil and gas sale and distribution under the country’s energy and mineral resources ministry.



Ambalat Border Dispute Ignored for Joint Indonesia/Malaysia Exploration Efforts

July 16, 2013

Ah, diving, oil and border disputes. When is the movie coming out?

Dateline 2013-06-17:

 Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has set aside an ongoing territorial dispute over the oil-rich Ambalat waters and teamed up with Malaysia to conduct geological explorations in the Borneo border area of Nunukan.

The new partnership was established by both governments in an aid to better manage the massive potential of natural resources in the border area that could be developed and utilized for the betterment of the people in both countries.

Parts of the program are managed by Indonesia’s National Border Management Agency (BNPP).


Thousands rally in Indonesia over fuel price hikes

July 14, 2013

How about we have a pre-emptive rally?

Dateline 2013-06-17, FMT:

Thousands of protesters rallied across Indonesia today against government plans to hike the price of fuel, with police in one city firing tear gas to stop hundreds storming the local parliament. Demonstrations were held in the capital Jakarta and other cities as lawmakers gathered to decide on budget amendments that will pave the way for the government to announce the first price hike since 2008. Fuel prices have long been a flashpoint issue in Indonesia, with economists arguing that huge government subsidies are damaging Southeast Asia’s top economy.

Govt Shuts Door on Pertamina Taking Over BPMigas’s Responsibilities

December 4, 2012

Shocker, this. First we had this news, then this. Yes, I know it’s not Malaysian news, but waiting to see if the splatter from this hits other regional O&G regulators.

Dateline 2012-11-22:

The Indonesian government has shut the door for state-owned energy company Pertamina to assume the role of now-defunct oil and gas regulator BPMigas, two cabinet ministers said.

Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik and State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan briefed Pertamina’s board of directors and board of commissioners in Jakarta on Wednesday, ordering the company to drop its plan.

Pertamina should instead focus on its big plans, the ministers said.

Tales from the Engineering Floor – Useful Credit Cards

September 30, 2012

If you want free entry into the Premium lounge at Cengkareng, you better have these credit cards:

Trip to Jambi

April 1, 2011

As we were traveling to a client’s facility in Jambi, the road opened up to this scene of devastation. First thought: Jabba’s been here and has taken down the site.  Second thought: peat clearing, one source of periodic smog.


June 12, 2010

It must be really remote if you can’t find a town on Google Maps.

Photosynth – Grandkemang Hotel, Jakarta

December 17, 2008

Okay, I know there’s no engineering here, but I’ve stayed in the grandkemang so often on business that I would label it as a choice for oil and gas visitors to Jakarta. Considering that most of the companies have moved to Jakarta South, the grandkemang is even more convenient.

Photosynth views of the lobby and the pool are here. Drop my name if you pop down.