“There is an increasing trend of cooperation between Indonesia and Norway in the energy sector, among others are the cooperation between Pertamina and Statoil which has started since 2007, and the cooperation between Tinfos AS and KF Fjellikring in hydropower,” said Esti Andayani, Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway, in her remark.
“Indonesia’s successful efforts in combating terrorism and disaster management, high commitment towards good governance, corruption eradication, and improvement of education have increased its attractiveness in the eyes of foreign investors, including Norway,” she added.
Tor Fjaeran, Statoil Indonesia country manager, said in his remark, “Indonesia is a country with a long history of oil and gas since 1885, way before Norway that began its exploitation by 1970s. Thus, we have much to learn from Indonesia.”
He added, ”Indonesia is a promising country. The focus of Statoil’s investment in Indonesia is in gas, especially in deep-waters of eastern Indonesia, and Statoil plans on having more drilling location each year. Statoil has vast experience and expertise with off-shore drilling in Norway, which is very suitable to be performed in Indonesia as well.”
According to Wening Esthyprobo, Minister Counsellor for Economic Affairs in the Indonesian Embassy in Oslo, this event is very suitable to introduce Indonesia to Statoil employees in Norway, whom before only knew Indonesia very little.
“Statoil’s investment in Indonesia continually grows, and it is very good that Statoil employees know a bit deeper about Indonesia. Currently, Statoil operates in 8 locations in Indonesia, and as it adds its operational locations, their interests and number of staff in Indonesia are also increasing. That is why, Statoil considers this event necessary,” she explained.
Enthusiasm towards the event was obvious, from the presence of a large number of attendees, starting from introduction to Indonesia’s culture by traditional dances, songs, and food, to presentations and discussion.
Indonesian dancer performed Panji Semirang, Bajidor Kahot and the Mask dance, which mesmerized the audience, with performance of a band carrying out folksongs in between. The attendees are also spoiled with the famous nasi goreng (fried rice) and oxtail soup, which they very much enjoyed.
“I love this nasi goreng very much,” said one attendee, who added, “the chef has been cooking the dish again, since they kept running out of it.”
Oslo, 27 April 2012