INTERNATIONAL: BP in final stages of appointing PR shop for gas field

JAKARTA: Petroleum behemoth BP is on the verge of appointing a PR

consultancy for the Tangguh natural gas field development in West


Seven consultancies were involved in the initial stages of the pitch and

the shortlist is now down to four. The review was announced in September

last year (PRWeek, 28 September 2001).

BP Indonesia senior consultant (government public affairs) Arian Ardie

said the 12-month retainer brief would involve overall strategic PR

counsel and working on 'long-term capacity-building for the Tangguh

development, including media relations on the launch'.

He added a decision is expected by the end of February.

The pitch process has been lengthy, said Ardie, largely due to

government restrictions placed on tendering processes for

production-sharing contracts.

The Tangguh gas field is a joint initiative between BP and state-owned

supplier Pertamina.

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