PetroChina Bids Farewell to Beloved President Gong Bencai


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  • M. IMAN MAHDITAMA
  • Stefani Paskalia Widiyani

On December 13, 2019, PetroChina Indonesia bade farewell to President Gong Bencai, who left the country after almost four years for a reassignment in West Africa. Pak Gong, as the president is affectionately called by PetroChina employees, is widely beloved for his warmth and visionary leadership style.


On December 13, 2019, PetroChina Indonesia bade farewell to President Gong Bencai, who left the country after almost four years for a reassignment in West Africa. Pak Gong, as the president is affectionately called by PetroChina employees, is widely beloved for his warmth and visionary leadership style.

In the bittersweet farewell event on Dec. 13, employees had the chance to personally say goodbye to Pak Gong. As he entered the hall where the event was held, Pak Gong was greeted by employees who handed him roses, which symbolized their love and respect for him. Former VP HR and Relations Maryke Pulunggono and former VP Government Relations Budi Setiadi, who attended the event as guests of honor, also handed roses to Pak Gong.

A farewell video prepared by employees in Jakarta Office and Jabung Field was then screened. PetroChina vocal group performed two of Pak Gong’s favorite songs, namely ABBA classic hits “Fernando” and “Dancing Queen”. Employees also prepared a scrap book of farewell notes dubbed “love letters” and other special mementos for Pak Gong.

Not only in Jakarta office, Pak Gong also received a farewell event at Jabung Field on December 4, 2019. All field employees gather to bid goodbye to their much-loved President.

Prior to joining with PetroChina Indonesia, Pak Gong had 30 years of experience in oil and gas industry. Despite his background in geology, Pak Gong has also been involved in public relations. He had overseas experiences in Africa and the Americas. Before leading PetroChina Indonesia, he led PetroChina in Peru for seven years.

PetroChina Indonesia recorded various achievements under Pak Gong’s leadership. This includes reaching the production milestone of 60,000 BOEPD, reactivating Bangko Block, expanding its CSR projects to include disaster relief and indigenous people empowerment initiatives and improving its work-life balance campaign by providing 24 sports, cultural and religious communities for employees.

Pak Gong is well-known for his love of photography and local cultures. At the farewell event, there was a mini exhibition of his best photographs.

In his farewell speech, Pak Gong said that he was proud of all employees for all PetroChina Indonesia’s achievements in the past several years. He specifically mentioned various departments and singled out their achievements. He said that the company achieved so much in the past four years because all employees have care, love and enthusiasm for their jobs.

“Behind the company’s achievements, there are tireless employees who work around the clock for our company. Please allow me to express my utmost gratitude for the good years I have enjoyed here in Indonesia,” he said.

“I am bringing your friendship to leave but will keep my heart to stay here. No matter when and where I am, I will always miss you. That’s why I don’t want to say goodbye. I say see you again soon,” he continued.

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