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Pertamina selects Axens to conduct refinery study

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Indonesia’s national oil company, PT Pertamina, has selected Axens to conduct a Bankable Feasibility Study for the moderisation and capacity expansion of the Plaju refinery, in Palembang, South Sumatra.

Indonesian crude oil

Indonesia has a crude oil refining capacity of over 1.0 million bpd, however this is not enough to meet the increasing motor fuels domestic demand and as such, the country requires imports. In addition, domestic crude oil production is declining which forces a shift to imported crude oils with higher sulfur content.

Pertamina has launched a large investment operation, which includes the development and modernisation of existing refineries. The target is to rapidly match the growing domestic demand and to satisfy stricter specifications for clean fuels.

Refinery competitiveness

The objectives of the project are to improve Plaju refinery’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.

Axens will develop all the engineering documentation and economic analysis for the development master plan of the refinery.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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