In­done­sia may sue PTTEP unit

New Straits Times - - Business -

JAKARTA: In­done­sia is pre­par­ing to sue a unit of Thai­land’s PTT Ex­plo­ration and Pro­duc­tion (PTTEP) over al­leged en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age from the Mon­tara oil spill in 2009, said the Co­or­di­nat­ing Mar­itime Af­fairs Min­istry.

The move fol­lows ear­lier attempts at ne­go­ti­a­tions that stalled in 2012, and a sep­a­rate class ac­tion suit filed by 15,000 seaweed farm­ers seek­ing more than A$200 mil­lion (RM682.22 mil­lion) from PTTEP Aus­trala­sia to cover dam­ages from the spill.

A to­tal of about 30,000 bar­rels of oil were es­ti­mated to have spewed into the Ti­mor Sea af­ter an ex­plo­sion at PTTEP’s Mon­tara drilling rig. Reuters

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