Pertamina to Build Three Oil Refinery Projects in 2017

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - State-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina hopes it will see the groundbreaking of the development of three oil refinery plants in 2017, notably RDMP RU V Balikpapan, NGRR Tuban and RDMP RU IV Cilacap.

    "We hope that the groundbreaking of the refinery plant development in Balikpapan would be done in the quarter I, the Tuban in quarter III and the Cilacap in quarter IV. Hopefully, the activities of all these would be seen in 2017," Pertamina President Director Dwi Soetjipto told a press conference in Jakarta on Monday, January 30.

    He said the Refinery Development Master Plan (RDMP) of refinery Balikpapan is now in the process of site preparation and pier development. Pertamina hopes that the construction of the two (RDMP and pier) could be finished in one year so that machinery and heavy equipment of the project could be transported through the pier.

    In the meantime, its basic engineering design (BED) will be completed by the end of January 2017 and front-end engineering design (FEED) by the end of July 2017, so that the Balikpapan RDMP will be under construction between 2017 and 2019. 

    On the same occasion, Management and Petrochemical Megaproject Director, Rachmad Hardadi, stated that the groundbreaking of RDMP Balikpapan will be done by the end of February 2017.

    "The president will inaugurate the groundbreaking by the end of February, particularly after its environmental impact analysis (Amdal) is completed on February 18, 2017," he added.

    The other projects that will have a groundbreaking ceremony this year are the RDMP RU IV Cilacap and New Grass Root Refinery (NGRR) Tuban. The two are expected to be on stream by the end of 2021.