Jakarta Eyes Import of Condensates, LPG

Jakarta Eyes Import of Condensates, LPGJakarta Eyes Import of Condensates, LPG

Indonesia's OPEC governor said on Monday a deal was imminent for importing Iranian condensates and liquefied petroleum gas, but not for crude oil.

A delegation of Indonesian oil officials will travel to Iran later this week to negotiate a number of energy deals and there had been hopes of finalizing a short-term agreement for 120,000 barrels per day of Iranian crude for a refinery in Central Java, Reuters reported.

Indonesia's OPEC Governor Widhyawan Prawiraatmadja said a crude import deal with Iran was unlikely for now because Southeast Asia's largest economy needed sweet crude for its refineries, not Iran's sour oil grades.

"We have limited demand for crude," he told reporters, adding Indonesia imports around 400,000 bpd of crude, of which 125,000 bpd was sour crude from Saudi Arabia.

"Before Indonesia can seal the import deal for Iranian LPG and condensates, the government needed to work out how to transfer funds to Iran," Prawiraatmadja said.

"Clearly, Indonesia needs several things and I think its biggest need is LPG. Iran has an LPG surplus and if they can give us a better LPG price, we should automatically buy from Iran."

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, who met with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of a Jakarta conference, said he asked Indonesia's bank regulator to work with Iran to resume banking relations after the lifting of economic sanctions.