TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – An Iranian oil and gas investor has expressed its interest to develop an asphalt plant in Kabil, Batam that could serve as a hub for the Asia continent for the global shipping route and asphalt supplies in the Malacca Strait.
“The Iranian investor needs at least 40-80 hectares of land for the factory. The realization of this construction will make Batam a hub for countries seeking to purchase Iranian asphalt,” said the Batam Administration’s (BP Batam) promotions and public relations chief, Purnomo Andiantono, in Batam on Tuesday.
Andi said he would accompany the Iranian investor personally to observe the Kabil area.
“The company engages in the oil and gas sector, but they will develop asphalt as a variant of their business lines in Batam,” he added.
Batam has thus far received asphalt supplies from Singapore, which obtained it from Iran, which also exported asphalt to China.