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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Indonesia's navy to guard oil, gas projects in Malacca Straits

The Jakarta Post says Indonesia's navy to guard oil, gas projects in Malacca Straits
ndonesia's navy will guard offshore crude oil and natural gas projects in the country's waters and the Malacca Straits from possible terrorist attacks and help ensure ships don't damage underwater pipelines.

Kardaya Warnika, vice chairman of Indonesia's state oil and gas regulator BPMigas, on Wednesday signed a five-year agreement with the country's navy on behalf of oil companies operating in Indonesia, he told reporters.
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Recent armed attack on vessels, including a 2 million barrel oil tanker and methane-gas tanker whose captain and chief engineer were kidnapped, have raised concern that pirates may have returned to the area after a two-month lull following the Dec. 26 tsunami.

"In the first stage the navy will help secure the area with most shipping traffic between the Batam island and Singapore," said Warnika. "We have gas and oil pipelines in the area so the navy will help prevent ships from damaging pipelines."
If this keeps up, there won't be room in the straits for pirates.

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