North Aceh Regency

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North Aceh Regency
Regency
Lokasi Aceh Kabupaten Aceh Utara.svg
Country Indonesia
Province Aceh
Regency 1956
Capital Lhoksukon
Area
 • Total 3,236.86 km2 (1,249.76 sq mi)
Population (2010)
 • Total 529,746
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
Time zone WIB (UTC+7)
Website http://www.acehutara.go.id/

North Aceh Regency (Indonesian: Kabupaten Aceh Utara) is a regency in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (Aceh Special District), in Indonesia. The regency covers an area of 3,236.86 square kilometres and according to the 2010 census had a population of 529,746 people. This follows the separation in 2001 of the former capital of Lhokseumawe, which was cut out of the regency to form an independent city.

Economy[edit]

This regency is included in one of the largest industrial region outside Java, especially with opening of liquid gas' processing industry plants based on PT Arun LNG in Lhokseumawe, 1974. There were several large factories nearby at the time: PT.Kertas Kraft Aceh, pabrik Pupuk AAF (Aceh Asean Fertilizer) and pabrik Pupuk Iskandar Muda (PIM).

In the agricultural sector, the regency has a good reputation as an important rice producer. The whole North Aceh Regency has the greatest potential of any region in Aceh and its income per capita is above Rp 1.4 million (without oil and natural gas) or Rp 6 million (with oil and natural gas).

Gas and petroleum fields were found in Lhokseumawe, North Aceh's former capital city around the 1970s. Then, many investors interesting in its natural resources came to Aceh. Since then, liquefied natural gas (LNG) processed in refinery of PT. Arun Natural Gas Liquefaction (NGL) Co, coming from the installation of PT. ExxonMobil Oil Indonesia (EMOI) in Lhokseumawe industrial zone, had changed this regency to modern petrochemistry industrial region.

There are 2 sectors dominating economical activity in North Aceh, i.e. mining and excavating, and processing industrial sector. In mining sector, the gas wells processed by PT. EMOI surely become one of this sector's pioneering factor. With Rp 8.6 quintillion contribution on 2000 GRDP (Gross Regional Domestic Product), it occupies the first rank followed by industrial sector (Rp 4.7 quintillion).

Religion[edit]

North Aceh's inhabitants are predominantly Muslim.

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Administrative divisions[edit]

The regency is divided administratively into 23 districts (kecamatan):

Politics[edit]

The current regent is Dr. H.T. Alamsyah Banta replacing Ir. H. Tarmizi A. Karim, M.Sc inaugurated by former governor Abdullah Puteh on August 2004.[citation needed] After the Local Elections on December 2006 Mr. Tgk. Munir Usman as a Mayor of Lhokseumawe City until 2010.[citation needed]

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