JAKARTA - The Japanese will most likely provide a soft loan with a value of up to 1 trillion Rupiah (84 million euro) to help the country stopping the mud flow from the gas drilling site in East Java, which has been gushing mud for almost one year now. The loans were proposed to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono just last week. The Japanese government offered possible solution to stop the mud flow, according to Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.
One of the offered solutions is the construction of a 'double-cover dam' to contain the mud until it forms enough volume to suppress the flowing mud beneath it. The Japanese scientists say that they have successfully carried out a similar project in the Philippines. "The terms and conditions of the loan have not been finalized, but there will be another Cabinet meeting to discuss this issue within the next two weeks," Purnomo told.
The dam would be around 120 meters in diameter and 40 meters high. The government has furthermore pledged at least 2.5 trillion Rupiah (210 million euro) from the state budget to repair infrastructure in the town of Sidoarjo itself.