Pertamina signs Indonesia's first gas import deal with Cheniere


JAKARTA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Indonesia's state oil and gascompany Pertamina has signed an agreement to purchaseliquefied natural gas (LNG) from US-based Cheniere Energy inc, in what will be the first gas imports into SoutheastAsia's largest economy.

Pertamina has agreed to purchase 0.8 million tonnes of thesuper-cooled gas per year for 20 years, beginning in 2018,Pertamina said in an emailed statement received on Thursday.

"This agreement confirms Pertamina's commitment to pursuingcertainty of LNG supply, which is crucial for the sustainabilityof LNG and gas infrastructure projects that will be built by thecompany," Pertamina Gas director Hari Karyuliarto said in thestatement.

The gas will be supplied by an LNG project currently underconstrution near Corpus Christi in Texas, and will be directedto Pertamina's LNG receiving terminals such as the West Javafloating storage regasification unit (FSRU) off the coast ofJakarta.

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