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Pertamina initiates catalyst trial

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After the Research and Technology Innovation (RTI) Team of Pertamina and Bandung Institute of Technology researchers tested catalysts production, the Merah Putih Catalyst Factory Development Project is now implemented through PT Katalis Sinergi Indonesia, a joint venture (JV) company between PT Pertamina (Persero), through its Subholding Commercial & Trading subsidiary, PT Pertamina Lubricants; PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) through its subsidiary, PT Pupuk Kujang; and ITB through its company, PT Rekacipta Innovation ITB.

The project is one of the National Strategic Projects (PSN) based on the Presidential Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia of 2020 Number 109. It has been listed in the 2020 - 2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), which will produce catalysts developed and patented independently in Indonesia. Factory production of PT Sinergi Indonesia Catalysts will produce +/- 800 tpy of catalyst from two production lines. The Merah Putih catalyst produced in the initial stage consisted of 64% hydrotreating catalyst for Pertamina and 36% oleochemical catalyst for Indonesia’s industry.

The industrial or commercial production trial of the Merah Putih Catalyst took place at the Dumai refinery in July 2020 and is capable of producing 1000 bpd of Diesel 100 (D100). Previously, lab-scale research and development of the formula, characterisation, and performance test of the Merah Putih Catalyst were carried out at the TRKK Laboratory of the Industrial Technology Faculty (FTI) ITB, while the pilot-scale test was at Pertamina's RTI.

Iman Rachman, Director Strategy, Portfolio and Business Development of PT Pertamina (Persero), explained that Pertamina, through its Subholding Commercial & Trading subsidiary, PT Pertamina Lubricants, became part of the joint company PT Katalis Sinergi Indonesia (KSI) and will be involved in every stage until operations in 2023. According to Iman, Pertamina played a role from the company's establishment process to the company's commercialisation. The company also provides human resources support, involving experts in innovation development and product research with the RTI Function and the company's operational human resources.

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