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Pertamina Expects to Begin Biorefinery Operation in 2021

Thursday, August 6, 2020

State-owned oil giant Pertamina expects its new biofuel refinery in Cilacap, Central Java, to begin first-phase operations next year as part of the government’s biodiesel push, The Jakarta Post reported last month.  The facility will have a “small capacity” of 3,000 barrels per day (bpd) but the output will be “100 percent made from crude palm oil,”said Ignatius Tallulembang, president director of Pertamina’s refinery arm, PT Kilang Pertamina Internasional (PT KPI).

The biorefinery is small compared to Pertamina’s headline oil refinery projects, whose output levels are over 100,000 bpd each. Such projects include another refinery in the Cilacap compound from which development partner, Saudi Arabia’s Aramco, recently pulled out.

“We will focus on our biorefinery first,” said Ignatius.  The Cilacap refinery will support the government’s ongoing 30 percent palm oil-mix biodiesel program (B30) meant to slash Indonesia’s oil imports, which are a major contributor to the country’s gaping trade deficit. 

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