TPPI Refinery to Serve as Industrial Zone under Pertamina

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama's (TPPI) aromatic refinery in Tuban, East Java, will resume operations. After acquiring TPPI's parent company Tuban Petrochemical Industries, Pertamina will turn TPPI into an integrated petrochemical factory.

    Pertamina's director of planning, investment and risk management Heru Setiawan said the company would connect the integrated petrochemical complex with a new grass root refinery project currently in co-development with Russian oil and gas company Rosneft Oil Company.

    "We have a plan," Heru said on the sidelines of the 'Pertamina Energy Forum 2019' in Jakarta, Wednesday, November 27.

    In October, President Joko Widodo ordered the TPPI complex to be designated as a petrochemical industrial zone. Jokowi calculated that the operation of TPPI refinery would reduce Premium gasoline imports by 19 percent and diesel by around 40 percent.

    Jokowi is also targeting to make hydrogen as a refinery excess product used in the development of B30 to B100 biodiesel fuel. The compound, which is sold for Rp120 million per ton in markets, is being eyed on by biodiesel factories because it can be used as a mixture in diesel fuel.

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