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Indonesia aims to transform Bintuni bay, West Papua as petrochemical hub

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JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – The industry players are supporting the government’s drive to develop petrochemical industry in Bintuni bay, West Papua. The petrochemical industry will get natural gas supply from the LNG Tangguh project.

The head for task force for Eastern Indonesia (KTI) of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) Indonesia, Ikhwanudin Mawardi, said that Bintuni bay has all the resources needed to be transformed into a modern petrochemical complex.

The problem is that the area’s infrastructure is yet to be developed, he said.

The government’s coordinator for Task Force for KTI Infrastructure Development, Ferrianto Djais echoed Ikhwanudin’s statement. He said the government aims to kick off the construction of petrochemical industrial complex in Bintuni in 2019.

“We can develop petrochemical industries, fertilizer industries, and others (in Bintuni). However, infrastructure needs to be built first, such as electricity, road, power, involving local communities,” said Ferrianto.

Some investors have revealed their plans to develop petrochemical plants in Bintuni, including Ferrostaal GmbH of German. However, the plan is yet to be realized amid lack of infrastructure. (*)

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