Indonesia to rejoin OPEC

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s energy ministry said today the country will rejoin the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) this year to forge a closer relationship with oil suppliers.

I Gusti Nyoman Wiratmadja Pudja, director-general of oil and gas at the ministry, said Indonesia will reactivate its membership in November after all OPEC members approved its application to rejoin the oil cartel at a meeting in Vienna last week.

The Southeast Asian country left the group in 2008 after nearly five decades of being the only Asian member amid declining oil reserves and investment. The country joined OPEC two years after it was founded in 1960.

Indonesia hopes membership will strengthen its ability to secure oil supplies and attract investment to its energy industry. It is Southeast Asia’s largest oil producer, but the nation of 250 million people has imported for years due to ageing wells and exploration failures.