Indonesia’s Pertamina reaches $3.1 billion financing deal for Balikpapan

Indonesia's Pertamina reaches $3.1 billion financing deal for Balikpapan
A worker of a petrol station of the state-owned company Pertamina changes the fuel prices displayed after the announcement of a fuel price hike, in Bekasi, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, September 3, 2022. REUTERS/Ajeng Dinar

JAKARTA : Indonesia’s state energy company Pertamina reached a $3.1 billion financing deal with a number of export credit agencies and commercial banks to fund the upgrade of its Balikpapan refinery, the company said on Saturday.

The lenders include export credit agencies from South Korea, Italy and the United States, and 22 commercial banks, Pertamina said in a statement.

Pertamina will use the funds for the expansion of its Balikpapan oil refinery to a capacity of 360,000 barrels per day (bpd), from 260,000 bpd. The refinery would also be able to produce fuel with Euro V emission standards after the upgrade, the company said.

“With the improvements, Pertamina will be able to produce more environmentally friendly fuels and this certainly will support reaching Indonesia’s net-zero emissions target,” said Pertamina spokesperson Fadjar Djoko Santoso.

As of June, the Balikpapan construction was about 74 per cent complete, according to Feri Yani, president director of Kilang Pertamina Balikpapan, the company unit responsible for the refinery.

The Balikpapan project is part of Pertamina’s long-term refinery investment blueprint, a 2015 plan to nearly double its total processing capacity to 1.5 million bpd.

Earlier this year, the chief executive of Pertamina’s refinery group said the company is adjusting its expansion plans to align with the global transition towards the greater use of renewable energy.



Source: Reuters