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Pertamina Accelerates Fuel and Petrochemical Refinery Projects



PT Pertamina (Persero) will accelerate the work on ongoing fuel oil (BBM) and petrochemical refinery projects. This is after President Joko Widodo complained about the slow progress of investment from the company's refinery project.

Pertamina Vice President Corporate Communication Fajriyah Usman said the company appreciates the President's attention and direction on the implementation of Pertamina projects, one of which is the refinery project. His party will follow up the direction of the Head of State.

"We will immediately follow up by accelerating the completion of the project," said Fajriyah Usman.


    The two projects that the President complained about were the development of the PT Trans-Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI) petrochemical refinery and the construction of an integrated petrochemical fuel refinery with Rosneft Oil Company. Regarding the TPPI refinery, Fajriyah explained, there are two major scopes of work that are carried out by his party.

Fajriyah Usman

    First, the TPPI aromatic revamping project is divided into two phases. The first phase includes the construction of five tank units to maximize paraxylene production with a total capacity of 600 thousand tons with a completion target of December 2021.

    The second phase is an increase in processing unit capacity from 600-kilo tonnes per year (kilo tonnes per annum/KTA) to 780 KTA which is scheduled to be completed in mid-2023.

    The second project is the development of olefin petrochemicals. TPPI is holding an auction for this project which includes basic engineering design (BED) and front-end engineering design (FEED). The project, which is targeted for completion in 2025, will produce polypropylene and polyethylene.

"The current investment absorption for revamping projects is around US$ 238 million, and for olefin projects, it is around US$ 3.9 billion," said Fajriyah.

    According to him, the Tuban Refinery Project is ongoing and scheduled for completion in 2027. Referring to Pertamina's data, the refinery project is planned to have a crude oil processing capacity of 300 thousand barrels per day (BPD). The refinery, which is integrated with the petrochemical complex, will produce fuel of 230 thousand BPD, as well as petrochemical and aromatic products reaching 4.1 million tons per year.

"The Tuban refinery is currently in the stage of making FEED with an actual progress of 49.16%," said Fajriyah.

    In addition to the two projects, the company also continues to work on repair and capacity building projects for other existing refinery projects, namely the Balikpapan and Balongan refineries. According to Fajriya, the Balikpapan Refinery Project is currently in the execution stage of the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) package with the progress of 43.9%. This project is targeted for completion in 2024.

"Then the Balongan Refinery is currently in the process of executing the EPC with an actual progress of 39.09%," said Fajriyah.

    The Balongan Refinery Phase I project is targeted for completion in April 2022. Previously, President Joko Widodo said, Rosneft as Pertamina's partner in working on the Tuban Refinery Project wants to be able to realize its investment as soon as possible. But in fact, the realization of the investment was only Rp. 5.8 trillion from the planned Rp. 168 trillion. In fact, if limited public infrastructure such as access to trains and toll roads becomes an obstacle, the government is ready to build it.

    The same thing he said also happened in the TPPI Refinery Project. The progress of the project with an investment value of up to US$ 3.8 billion is fairly slow even though it has been running for quite a while. In fact, the auction of this project has been repeated twice. Meanwhile, on the other hand, the completion of this project will reduce dependence on imports of petrochemical products and improve the national trade balance. 

“Imports will not be much if we can produce ourselves. We have a raw material industry but we import instead, that's what I'm sad about. Because there will be a lot of things that will be lost if these goods are imported, especially those related to petrochemicals, there will be a lot of them," said the President.

    In fact, if the project is executed quickly, Pertamina will also benefit. The President said that even though the investment decision is in the hands of the company, it must still be in line with the country's grand strategy. Therefore, the company is expected to be able to realize the investment plan that has been agreed to according to the schedule, aka not keep going backward. Moreover, the government has supported the acceleration of this investment by issuing the Job Creation Act.

Investor Daily, Page-9, Thursday, Nov 25, 2021


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