PTTEP suspends Indonesia investment over oil spill caseStaff Writer | May 9, 2017
PTT Exploration and Production said it was suspending investment in Indonesia after the Indonesian government filed a US$2 billion lawsuit against the Thai state-owned energy firm for alleged damage from an oil spill eight years ago.
Oil exploration The oil spill also fouled its waters and coast
"PTTEP's remaining asset in Indonesia is the Natuna Sea A Project, which accounts for one percent of our sales. It will remain in operation," Chief Executive Somporn Vongvuthipornchai told reporters.
Indonesia's government is suing state-owned PTTEP and its parent company PTT over damage from the spill in the Timor Sea.
Hundreds of thousands of litres of oil leaked off the northern coast of western Australia after a fire at a wellhead operated by PTTEP Australasia in 2009. Indonesia alleges that the oil spill also fouled its waters and coast.
PTTEP Australasia has said no oil reached Indonesia's shore and no long-term damage was done in the Timor Sea. ■