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Pertamina’s RFCC refinery project in Cilacap enters commissioning phase

JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – State energy company PT Pertamina (Persero) said its Residual Fluid Catalytic Cracking (RFCC) refinery project in Cilacap is now entering commissioning phase, which will be followed by commercial operation in October.

Director for Processing of Pertamina Rachmad Hardadi said the construction of the RFCC project has been completed. Some equipment has begun operating, while others will be ready for start-up and commissioning in due time.

“There are around 21 units of equipment of RFCCC and 20 of them have started operating. The start-up process is being done in phases and expected to be fully operational later this month, therfore it can begin production next month,’ Rachmad said when visiting the facility.

The RFCC Cilacap refinery will produce high octane RON > 93 gasoline with Euro 3 standard with a volume of 37,500 barrels stream per day, LPG 389,000 tons per annum as well as Propylene 430 ton per day. Therefore, the RFCC refinery will help reduce HOMC imports by around 600,000 barrels per month as well as reduce import of other products.

The RFCC refinery will also process feed stock in the form of low sulfur waxy residual, produced from Crude Distillation Unit (CD) II, which is considered as high value added product — high octane gasoline which is environmentally friendly.

Pertamina began the construction of the refinery upgrade project in January 2012. The RFCC project is constructed by a consortium comprises of state owned construction company PT Adhi Karya Tbk and Goldstar, while Foster Wheeler acting as the project management consultancy services provider.

Initially, Pertamina expected to begin commercial operation of the RFCC refinery in the third quarter of 2014, but then it was delayed to June 2015 and then furthered pushed back to September.

The RFCC project was developed with an investment of around US$1.4 billion, aiming at boosting the refinery’s capacity to produce 62,000 barrels of petroleum products per day.

Currently, Pertamina’s RU IV Cilacap refinery, the country’s largest oil refinery, produces 340,000 barrels per day (bpd). The RFCC project is expected to increase the refinery’s gasoline production ton 1.9 million kiloliters per year, LPG 352,000 tons per year and polypropylene, raw materials for petrochemical plants to produce plastic products, 142,000 tons per year.

Pertamina currently supplies 73 percent of the country’s fuel consumption. The upgrading of a number of its refineries are expected to increase the output of its oil products to about 66.7 billion litters by 2018, from 58 billion liters today.

In addition to RFCC project, the company also build LPG Merox unit as well as a polypropylene recovery, gasoline hydro-treating unis. (*)

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