Pertamina to build six oil refineries; aims to achieve fuel oil self-sufficiency

Indonesian state-owned oil and natural gas company Pertamina will develop and construct six oil refineries as it aims to achieve fuel oil self-sufficiency by 2023 as envisioned by the government, according to Rachmad Hardadi, Director of Processing and Petrochemical Mega project in Pertamina.

The construction of the six oil refineries, which include four existing refineries and two new refineries, is also part of the company’s efforts to support economic growth and to save foreign exchange.

“There are two groups of refineries that we will build. Group I is the development of Refinery Unit V in Balikpapan (East Kalimantan), Unit VI in Balongan (West Java), Unit IV in Cilacap (Central Java), and Unit II in Dumai (Riau),”Rachmad said.

In addition, the projects also include unit II in Tuban (East Java) and Bontang (East Kalimantan).

Rachmad noted that through these six projects, the production capacity of oil refineries operated by Pertamina will be 2.2 million barrels per day. The oil refinery development project is expected to cost around Rp500 trillion.

“The refineries will be constructed by Pertamina and other oil and gas international companies,” he remarked.

According to Rachmad, the biggest challenge to realize the projects is to complete it in seven years from 2017 or two years ahead of the government target.

The installed capacity of the six oil refineries now is 1.05 million barrels per day; however, after the implementation, the refineries are expected to produce around 800,000 to 950,000 barrels per day.

The national fuel needs are about 72 million kiloliters, while Pertamina can provide about 39 million kiloliters per year.

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