INDONESIA HAS CLAIMS
TOGY wrote, Indonesia will increase exploration work in the area surrounding the Natuna Islands, located in the contested waters of the South China Sea, the country's president said on Wednesday.
President Joko Widodo's announcement comes a week after a visit to the island chain aboard a navy vessel. Indonesia lays claim to the Natunas and the surrounding waters, which it intends to open up for oil exploration and commercial fishing. The Chinese, through a statement by the Foreign Ministry last Sunday, said the two countries "have overlapping claims for maritime rights and interest."
"Out of 16 blocks around Natuna, only five are producing," Widodo said, adding that the country was aiming to push for fast-track development "so that they enter [the] production stage sooner." The area's East Natuna gasfield is under development by Pertamina, along with partners ExxonMobil, Total and Thailand's PTT Exploration and Production. ConocoPhillips and Chevron are active in the South Natuna Sea Block B but are expected to withdraw from the field.
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REUTERS - State oil company Saudi Aramco last week raised prices for all crude oil grades to Asia in January.
U.S. BLS - Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 228,000 in November, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 4.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment continued to trend up in professional and business services, manufacturing, and health care.
Отклонение нефтегазовых доходов федерального бюджета от месячной оценки, соответствующей Федеральному закону о федеральном бюджете на 2017-2019 годы, в декабре 2017 года прогнозируется в размере +204,8 млрд руб.
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