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PT Pertamina selects Honeywell UOP for biorefinery and refinery revamp

US-headed Honeywell UOP, a leading international supplier and licensor of process technology, catalysts, adsorbents, equipment, and consulting services to the petroleum refining, petrochemical, and gas processing industries has announced that the National Oil Company of Indonesia, PT Pertamina (Persero,) will use Honeywell UOP technologies to produce advanced biofuels at its Plaju and Cilacap refineries in Indonesia.

PT Pertamina (Persero) will use Honeywell UOP technologies to produce advanced biofuels at its Plaju and Cilacap refineries in Indonesia (photo courtesy Pertamina).

According to a statement, Pertamina will use UOP Renewable Jet Fuel Process technology at its new Plaju biorefinery in Palembang, South Sumatra, and UOP Ecofining technology at its existing Cilacap refinery in Central Java.

UOP will provide technology licenses, basic engineering, specialty equipment, catalysts, and training for the two projects in Indonesia. The biorefinery in Plaju will process 20 000 barrels per day of vegetable oils and fats to produce advanced biofuels such as renewable jet fuel, renewable diesel fuel, and green liquefied petroleum gas (bioLPG) at the Plaju refinery.

UOP also will revamp the existing refinery at Cilacap to process 6 000 barrels per day of vegetable oils and fats to produce advanced biofuels.

As one of the world’s top producers of biofuels, Indonesia is ramping up its investment in advanced biorefineries capable of producing fully fungible renewable fuel. Pertamina is acting on an opportunity to meet the growing demand for the energy security of Indonesia by using renewable fuels and, as a longstanding customer, chose to work with UOP to build a greenfield biorefinery at Plaju and revamp its Cilacap refinery. These refineries will enable Pertamina to meet the Indonesian government’s goals for renewable fuel production using domestic bio-based feedstocks, said Jim Andersen, Business Development Director of UOP’s Renewable Fuels business.

Meet 5 percent biofuel mandate

As the world’s fourth most populous nation, with 250 million people, Indonesia imports about 1.5 million barrels per day of refined products – roughly 30 percent more than its domestic production capacity. According to the National Energy Policy in Indonesia, more than 5 percent of all energy must come from biofuel by 2025.

The additional biofuel production capacity provided by the Plaju and Cilacap refineries will help to reduce the nation’s reliance on imported petroleum products, particularly low-sulphur fuels, and at the same time, expected to support the local bioeconomy and rural employment opportunities in agriculture.

Pertamina, as the biggest energy company in Indonesia, is always aggressively looking forward to new and renewable energy solutions. The development of our biorefinery in Plaju and Cilacap is part of our plan to diversify our products while at the same time to show our commitment to sustainable energy, said Budi Santoso Syarif, Deputy CEO of PT Kilang Pertamina International, the refinery and petrochemical business group of Pertamina.

Based in Jakarta, Pertamina is a state-owned oil and natural gas corporation. The company is active in the upstream and downstream sectors of the oil and gas industry, with a total refining capacity of 1 million barrels per day.

UOP has worked with Pertamina for nearly 50 years, licensing technologies to the company’s Plaju, Dumai, Cilacap, Balikpapan, Balongan, and Kasim refineries.

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