SKKMigas Unfazed by Chairman Arrest for Graft

Indonesia's Special Task Force for Upstream Oil and Gas Business (SKKMigas) announced Wednesday that it will ensure that the organization's upstream oil and gas business activities and SKKMigas' role as the regulatory institution will continue to run normally regardless of the ongoing investigation against the Chairman of SKKMigas Rudi Rubiandini by the country's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

"The industry and institution will remain as usual including the activities in the fields. Upstream oil and gas industry is very strategic. Therefore, the activities should not be disrupted and the situation in which a vaccum of activities exists should be avoided," said Corporate Secretary of SKKMigas, Gde Pradnyana.

Gde added that SKKMigas Management will be controlled by the existing leaders consisting of vice chairman, secretary, deputies and chief executive audit. Additionally, SKKMigas will also coordinate with the Supervisory Commission consisting of Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Vice Minister of Finance and Chairman of BKPM (Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board).

With respect to the investigation by KPK, Gde said that SKKMigas will submit to the prevailing legal mechanism.

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