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Pertamina introduces 0.5%S 180 cSt product at Balikpapan

23 Dec 2019

Indonesian state-owned oil company PT Pertamina on Thursday (19 December) launched the production of 180 centistokes (cSt) low sulphur Marine Fuel Oil (MFO) from the Refinery Unit (RU) III Plaju facility.

The 0.5% sulphur limit product will be distributed to Indonesian and non-Indonesian vessels entering ports in the Indonesia water territory from the STS Balikpapan supply point, it said.

The RU III Plaju facility is able to produce approximately 200,00 barrels of 180 cSt LS MFO per month. Pertamina is further planning to re-optimise production to 300,000 barrels per month.

“Pertamina continues to pursue breakthroughs and product innovations to support the government's program by distributing low sulphur fuel for ships sailing in national waters,” said Pertamina Corporate Communication Vice President, Fajriyah Usman.

“And we make sure this fuel oil product complies with the international waters provisions set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).”

Fajriyah added, the supply of fuel was also in line with Minister of Transportation Regulation No. 29 of 2014 concerning prevention of maritime environmental pollution due to sulphur content in ship fuel.

“In addition to meeting national and international regulations, with a low production of 180 cSt Sulphur MFO, the Plaju refinery can provide the potential for increased margins in the operating unit,” she adds. 

“The application of this low MFO Sulphur fuel will also have an impact on controlling the number of imported BBM, so it is expected to contribute to the stability of the rupiah's value and save the country's foreign exchange.”

Photo credit: PT Pertamina
Published: 23 December, 2019


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