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Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources released information and an  invitation to companies to bid for 18 onshore and offshore oil and gas blocks. These blocks are located mostly in eastern Indonesia.

Sixteen of these blocks will be handled through direct bids, while two will follow the regular tender process.

The blocks offered through direct bidding are:

Southeast Sulawesi I offshore block in Southeast Sulawesi and Central Sulawesi
Southeast Sulawesi II offshore block in Southeast Sulawesi
West Abadi offshore block in Maluku
Yamdena offshore block in Maluku
South Aru offshore block in Maluku
Bird’s Head offshore block in West Papua
Merauke onshore block in Papua
Palmerah Baru onshore block in South Sumatra and Jambi
Sakti offshore block in Central Java and East Java
North Madura II offshore block
North East Madura VI offshore block
Anugerah offshore block in East Java
East Bontang onshore and offshore blocks in East Kalimantan
North Adang offshore block in Makassar Strait
South Sulawesi I offshore block in West Sulawesi and South Sulawesi
South Sulawesi II offshore block in South Sulawesi

The two blocks being offered by the regular tender process are the East Seringapatam offshore block in East Nusa Tenggaran (NTT) and the East Abadi offshore block in Maluku.

The Ministry has stated that bid documents for the regular tenders are available from September 16 to January 27, 2014.

Indonesia is currently facing a bribery scandal in the oil industry involving a Singapore-based Kernel Oil official and suspended SKKMigas chief Rudi Rubiandini, you can read our report on that here.