Biden unveils investments in Indonesia carbon capture, transport as he meets Widodo at G-20 summit

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo (right) shakes hand with US President Joe Biden at the G-20 Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali. PHOTO: REUTERS
epa10304874 US President Joe Biden (L) talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during their bilateral meeting ahead of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, 14 November 2022. The 17th Group of Twenty (G20) Heads of State and Government Summit will be held in Bali from 15 to 16 November 2022. EPA-EFE/ACHMAD IBRAHIM / POOL EPA-EFE

NUSA DUA, Indonesia - US President Joe Biden on Monday announced a number of investments in Indonesia spanning areas like climate and food security, including a US$2.5 billion (S$3.44 billion) agreement between ExxonMobil and state-owned energy company Pertamina on carbon capture.

ExxonMobil and Pertamina’s agreement will further assess development of a regional carbon capture and sequestration hub in Indonesia, the White House said in a statement.

The partnership “will enable key industry sectors to decarbonise”, the statement said, citing the refining, chemicals, cement and steel sectors. It said this would lower carbon emissions, ensure economic opportunities for Indonesian workers and help Indonesia achieve its net-zero ambitions in 2060 or sooner.

A joint study by Pertamina and ExxonMobil had found a potential carbon storage capacity of 1 billion tonnes in Pertamina’s oil and gas fields, which could permanently store Indonesia’s emissions for the next 16 years, Pertamina said in a separate statement on Sunday.

Mr Biden is visiting Indonesia to take part in a G-20 summit this week in Bali and announced the investments in a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, where he described the South-east Asian country as a “critical partner”.

The US President also said the two countries would collaborate to “protect our people” from Covid-19.

The US and Indonesia also agreed to launch a US$698 million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact to help support development of climate-conscious transportation infrastructure in five Indonesian provinces and “other development goals”, the White House statement said.

The funds include US$649 million from the US and US$49 million from Indonesia. REUTERS

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