Ensuring It Runs on Target, Minister of EMR Visits Balikpapan RDMP

Friday, 8 November 2019 - Dibaca 573 kali

MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND MINERAL RESOURCES

REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA

PRESS RELEASE

NUMBER: 649.Pers/04/SJI/2019

Date: 8 November 2019

Ensuring It Runs on Target, Minister of EMR Visits Balikpapan RDMP

Minister of EMR, Arifin Tasrif, today, Friday (8/11) inspects the site of Refinery Development Master Plan (RDMP) at RU V Balikpapan, East Kalimantan. The RU V Balikpapan is one of the four refineries which capacity is to be increased.

Minister of EMR expresses his appreciation and stresses the importance of Project Monitoring and Controlling, and he expects the project to be complete at least 3 months earlier while maintaining occupational safety and caring for workers' capacity.

"Please work carefully, don't hesitate to look for partners who can lead to the project success at a risk that we can handle; with these massive investment programs, we have to think about our financial capacity, in addition to our manpower," said Arifin, who was attended by Secretary General of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ego Syahrial, and Acting Director General of Oil and Gas, Djoko Siswanto.

Arifin expects the management of Pertamina can often build communication and give motivation to project heads to ensure that field activities run smoothly and well.

"We will fully support the steps taken by the sectors coordinated by Pertamina for the smooth running of Pertamina's projects. And I'd like to remind you about the speed of work, because once an incident occurs, the setback will create huge losses. So, the management should often come and see by themselves, make site visits," Arifin said.

In addition to increasing refinery capacity to 100,000 Barrels Per Day, the Balikpapan RDMP project is also aimed at improving fuel quality, from equivalent to Euro II to equivalent to Euro V. With a total investment of USD 6.5 billion, the project is planned to enter operation in July 2023 for phase 1 and 2025 for phase 2. During the construction stage, the project needs around 15,000 workers and about 800 people when the refinery operates.

"The progress of RDMP project is currently at a total of about 9% and we hope by July 2023 it will be in operation. The 9% progress has exceeded the target set for October 2019," Processing and Petrochemical Megaproject Director, Ignatius Tallulembang, explained. (IY)

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