Indonesia enlists Axens to study refinery upgrade
Pertamina has launched an investment plan for its existing refineries. The target is to rapidly match the growing domestic demand and to satisfy more stringent specifications for clean fuels.
Indonesia's national oil company Pertamina has chosen Axens
to conduct a feasibility study for the modernization
and capacity expansion
of its Plaju refinery
, located in Palembang,
Pertamina said that Indonesia's existing crude oil refining
capacity of over 1
million bpd is not enough to meet increasing domestic demand
for motor fuels. Additionally, domestic crude production is
declining, which has forced a shift to imported crude oils
with higher sulfur content.
In response to this, Pertamina has launched an investment
plan that includes the development and modernization
refineries. The target is to rapidly match the growing
domestic demand and to satisfy more stringent specifications
s, according to company officials.
"The objectives of the project
are to improve the Plaju
's competitiveness to
first quartile standards in terms of gross refinery margin
through sour-crude processing flexibility to increase the
capacity to produce Euro IV standards gasoline and diesel,"
Pertamina said in a news release.
The Plaju refinery has an current capacity of 133,700 bpd,
according to information on Pertamina's website.
Axens says it will develop all the engineering documentation
and economic analysis for the development master plan of the