Pertamina to Expand Indonesian Plant

SINGAPORE - Indonesias PT Pertamina Lubricants will expand and upgrade its lubricant blending plant in Jakarta by the end of this year, the company said during the ICIS Asian Base Oils & Lubricants Conference here last week.

The plant will be upgraded [for] automation, and maximum capacity will be expanded from 250 million metric tons per year to 280 million tons per year, said Muhammad Taufiq Setyawan, Pertamina Lubricants marketing development manager.

Completed in the past year, the plant, located in the Port of Jakarta (also known as the Tanjung Priok Port), represented an investment of around 800 billion rupiah (U.S. $59.9 million).

Last December, Pertamina became a 75-percent stakeholder in Thai blender Amaco Production Co., which has capacity to produce 45,000 t/y of finished lubricants. Pertamina renamed the business Pertamina Lubricant Thailand Ltd., Setyawan told Lube Report Asia.

Pertamina also has a 130,000 t/y blending plant in Cilacap, Central Java, and a 135,000 t/y plant in Gresik, East Java. The companys total capacity after expansion of its Jakarta plant will be more than 600,000 t/y.

The company expected to begin construction this month on a 500 billion rupees grease plant, also at the Port of Jakarta. When completed, it will increase the companys grease capacity from 3,000 t/y to more than 8,000 t/y.

Based in Central Jakarta, Pertamina Lubricants is a subsidiary of government-owned PT Pertamina.