The Manila Department of Energy said on Monday that Philippine Energy Secretary Alfonso Cousy called on Indonesia to lift the coal export ban, saying that the policy would have an adverse effect on an economy that relies heavily on fuel for power generation.
Indonesia is the world’s largest exporter of thermal coal Export suspension on January 1 After its national power company reported dangerously low levels of fuel inventory at its domestic power stations.
This move by the Philippines follows similar demands from other Asian governments such as Japan and South Korea.
The Ministry of Energy said at a press conference that Cousy had appealed in a letter sent to the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ariffin Taslif, but did not specify when the letter was issued. of.
Cousy once asked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to flirt and appeal on behalf of the Philippines through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) cooperation mechanism.
The ban pushed up coal prices in China and Australia last week, and dozens of ships planning to deliver coal to major buyers such as Japan, China, South Korea and India are in trouble near Kalimantan, where Indonesia’s main coal port is located.
The Philippines, which still relies heavily on coal for power generation, buys most of its demand from Indonesia and some of the more expensive supplies from Australia and Vietnam.
According to government data, of the 42.5 million tons of coal supply in the Philippines in 2020, nearly 70% will be imported.
According to the Ministry of Energy, coal power generation accounts for approximately 60% of the country’s electricity structure. By 2021, the country will purchase 2.3 million tons of coal from Indonesia every month to provide fuel for its power plants.
Senator Win Gacharian, head of the Senate Energy Committee, called on the Department of Energy to prepare emergency measures due to the export ban, including finding other potential suppliers.