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PTTEP acknowledges oil spill in Timor Sea: Indonesian minister

12-15-2010 14:28 BJT

JAKARTA, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Thailand-based oil and gas producer PTTEP Australasia has finally acknowledged responsibility for an oil spill in the Timor Sea occurred last year, local media reported Wednesday.

The Indonesian government has demanded 23 trillion rupiah (some 2.56 billion U.S. dollar) in compensation from the firm to repair the damages, Indonesian Transport Minister Freddy Numberi has said.

"We held a meeting with them and they have confessed. Actually, we need the confession," Numberi was quoted by the Jakarta Post as saying.

The company would hold another meeting with the Indonesian government to discuss data on sea contamination, Freddy said.

PTTEP Australasia's oil platform in the Montara field off Australia's northern coast exploded and spilled more than 500,000 liters of crude oil per day into the Timor Sea in August 2009.

Thirty-eight percent of Indonesia's marine territory in the Timor Sea were reportedly affected by the spill. Local fishermen's catches reportedly dropped and thousands of tons of shallow water fish died, while marine mammals, including whales, also fell victim.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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