06
December

Nusa Penida in Klungkung regency, Bali, has topped the list of 20 best destinations for backpackers to visit in 2020 released by Dublin-based online hostel reservation platform Hostelworld.

In the past 12 months, the number of bookings made by British tourists for accommodation in Nusa Penida increased by up to 610 percent, according to the company, confirming the region as the most popular destination among UK citizens during the period.

Located in the southeast part of Bali, Nusa Penida's Banjar Nyuh Port is reachable by speed boat from Sanur Port in Bali. Domestic and foreign tourists can be found enjoying a day trip there or spending at least one night on the island, which is especially famous for its Kelingking Beach, which boasts a Tyrannosaurus Rex-shaped cliff and is home to manta rays and Bali starlings, locally known as jalak Bali. 

Regarding accommodation, Hostelworld said the island does not disappoint. "It’s a boutique hostel with gorgeous bungalows, a beautiful Bali-esque pool and outdoor social spaces where you can enjoy your free daily breakfast," reads the description on its website.

 

During their stay, holidaymakers can rent motorcycles or cars to explore the island

Following behind Nusa Penida on the best backpacker destination list based on the biggest growth in bookings were Surat Thani in Thailand and Maribor in Slovenia. 

05
December

State-owned oil giant Pertamina signed up on Wednesday two consortiums that will compete against each other to win a contract for upgrading the Balongan oil refinery in West Java.

The first consortium, dubbed REE, consists of state engineering firms Rekayasa Industri and Rekayasa Engineering, as well as oil and gas infrastructure firm Enviromate Technology International. Meanwhile, the second consortium, JSW, consists of JGC Indonesia, the local arm of Japan's engineering company JGC Corporation, oil and gas engineering consultancy Synergy Engineering and state construction giant Wijaya Karya (Wika).

Pertamina will use a Dual Feed Competition scheme whereby the oil company will receive a Front End Engineering Design (FEED) from both consortiums then automatically grant the contract to whichever team submits the best design. Normally, a company would hold a second bid to grant the contract.

“With this scheme, Phase 1 of the Balongan refinery can be completed faster, or within two and a half years,” Pertamina president director Nicke Widyawati said in a statement. 

The company previously said it expected the Balongan refinery to begin Phase 1 operations by 2022. Once upgraded, the facility will have an installed capacity of 150,000 barrels per day (bpd). 

Pertamina megaprojects director Ignatius Tallulembang told reporters on Nov. 7 that the company planned to announce the winning bidder in December.

Implementing the new scheme is one of Pertamina’s strategies to accelerate upgrading four major refineries as per its Refinery Development Master Plan (RDMP). Pertamina will next implement the scheme for the three remaining major refineries, which are the Balikpapan, Dumai and Cilacap refineries, as Indonesia moves to reduce oil imports by increasing domestic oil production, building refineries and producing biofuels.

04
December

The National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) has developed a nuclear-based analysis which can identify an air pollutant and its origin, a researcher said at a workshop of BATAN-IAEA Collaborating Center in Jakarta, Tuesday. "We shoot an x-ray and gamma-ray to the dust particle (to identify the kind and origin of the matter)," BATAN's air quality researcher, Prof Muhayatun Santoso said.


Following the procedure, the researcher will be able to identify not only the mass concentration but also its variety. Therefore, this procedure differs from the conventional real-time analysis which would reveal the matter's concentration.

For years, Santoso collected hundreds of samples of air pollutants from across the country. By observing a large number of samples, researchers could map out types of air pollutants and their origins.


For Santoso, her technology can be used for anticipating land forest fires, mainly to map out the origin of haze and sources of air pollutants whether it was caused by natural disasters or man-made activities. (ANTARA)

03
December

As a member of C category of Executive Council at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the 2020-2021  period Indonesia can propose norms of shipping safety in trade. In addition, Indonesia can represent other countries which do not include at the IMO Executive council in terms of shipping security. It was said by Director General of Multilateral Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Febrian A. Ruddyard after the United Nations Day Commemoration, on Monday (Dec 2) at the Jakarta National Library.

“There are several things about IMO. Firstly about shipping safety.  Being a member of the IMO Executive Council of C category, we can be more involved in developing shipping safety norms in trade.  We also inject about the issue of sustainable development, the environment is also the issue of women empowerment in shipping issues. We include in C categorize because although we are not country which dominantly in the shipping sector, service providers and users, but we have a large maritime area where international sea traffic is certainly being a concern. Since including in the council we can do much more. Secondly, we can represent other countries outside the council to channel their concerns on shipping issues, said Febrian A. Ruddyard .

Furthermore, Indonesia had been elected to be a member of  the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Council at the elections in Assembly, London, the United Kingdom on November 30. Moreover  the Indonesian Supreme Audit Board (BPK) also elected as an external member of the IMO auditor for the 2020-2023 period.  Indonesia was the first country  in Southeast Asia that elected as an external auditor at the IMO// (Nuke/TRS:AF)