Take a Peek at Pertamina’s Largest Refinery Project in Indonesia

The progress of the Balikpapan Refinery Development Master Plan (RDMP) project has reached 89.51%. This National Strategic Project (PSN) is targeted for completion in 2025. PT Kilang Pertamina Internasional (KPI) stated that this project is one of the largest investments and with high complexity. KPI Corporate Secretary Hermansyah Y Nasroen said the Balikpapan RDMP project involved a total of 5,203 pieces of equipment. According to him, the total weight of the equipment reaches 110 thousand tons or the equivalent of 4.5 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty. For comparison, this statue, which is located in New York, United States, weighs 24,600 tons

“The total equipment for this RDMP project is 4.5 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty,” said KPI Corporate Secretary Hermansyah Y Nasroen, when met by detikcom at the Balikpapan Refinery, East Kalimantan, Wednesday (3/4/2024).

He said that one of the hardest units in the Balikpapan RDMP project was Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracking (RFCC). This 1,099 ton equipment is a unit that can increase refinery profitability by processing residue into higher value products. The weight of the RFCC itself is equivalent to 12 Boeing 737-800 aircraft. One Boeing 737-800 aircraft is equivalent to 79 tons.

“The heaviest one (RFCC), weighs up to dozens of Boeing aircraft,” he said.

Then there is the electrical cable with a length of 5,040 kilometers. If stretched, the length of the cable is equivalent to Jakarta-Soul, South Korea. The estimated distance between Jakarta and Soul is 5,000 kilometers. Meanwhile, the highest unit at the Balikpapan Refinery is the propylene splitter, which reaches 110 meters. In this way, the propylene splitter in the Balikpapan RDMP project has a height equivalent to a 30-story building.

The volume of concrete in this project reached 307,670 cubic meters, or the equivalent of twice the volume of concrete for the Petronas Tower in Malaysia. The concrete volume of the Petronas Tower is recorded at 150,000 cubic meters. Then the weight of the steel structure is 74,723 tons, or the equivalent of 7 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower’s steel which is 10,100 tons. The welding length of the pipe itself is 4,986,421 dia-inches, or 11 times the welding length of the PKT Bontang project which is 450,000 dia-inches long.

For information, the Balikpapan RDMP project will increase refinery capacity to 360,000 barrels per day from the previous 260,000 barrels per day. This capacity increase will be completed in May 2024. In this way, Refinery Unit V Balikpapan will become the largest refinery in Indonesia, displacing Refinery Unit IV Cilacap, which has a production capacity of 348,000 barrels per day. According to Hermansyah, the Balikpapan Refinery will also become one of the largest refineries in Southeast Asia.

Currently, Exxon’s refinery in Singapore is still the largest in Southeast Asia with a capacity of 592,000 per day. Then, CNA reported that the Shell refinery in Pulau Bukom, Singapore could reach its peak capacity of up to 500,000 barrels per day. Then the Balikpapan Refinery will occupy the third largest position in Southeast Asia with its new capacity of 360,000 barrels per day. After that there is the Cilacap Refinery with a capacity of 348,000 barrels per day, and the Singapore Refining Corporation Jurong Island Refinery with a capacity of 290,000 barrels per day.

April 4, 2024, detikFinance