Pertamina Expands into U.A.E.


PT Pertamina is collaborating with Sharjah National Lube Oil Co. (Sharlu) to manufacture and market Meditran Series marine lubricants in the United Arab Emirates from Sharlus blending plant in Fujairah.

According to Pertaminas Feb. 3 announcement, the target market consists of oil transport ships sailing from the United Arab Emirates. Pertamina is Indonesias national oil company.

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The production and marketing of Pertamina lubricants in Fujairah is a solution meeting the needs of marine customers, said Ali Mundakir, Pertaminas vice president of communications, in a statement. As examples, Mundakir noted two very large crude oil carriers, the VLCC Arenza and VLCC Dewi Maeswara, which carry crude oil from Rastanura-RU, Saudi Arabia, to Pertaminas Cilacap refinery in Indonesia. From now on, they will use Pertamina lubricants, he stated.

The company said its cooperation with Sharlu is not limited to production of the Meditran lubricants series, as it will also include transport and delivery to lubricants customers.

Headquartered in Jakarta, Pertamina indicated it will do strategic toll manufacturing of lubricants in some other countries to accelerate the companys lubricants business abroad. The company said it also plans to grow the business by establishing a marine lubricant distributor network similar to what already exists in a number of other countries.