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Bukit Asam to build four gasification plants at Bukit Asam Coal Based SEZ

Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto (left), Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan (second left) and SOE Minister Rini Soemarno launched the BACB SEZ on March 3, 2019 (Photo credit: Bukit Asam)

JAKARTA ( – State-owned coal producer PT  Bukit Asam Tbk (IDX:PTBA) plans to develop four plants at the Bukit Asam Coal Based Special Economic Zone (BACB SEZ) in Tanjung Enim, South Sumatera, which was launched at the weekend (March 3).

The four plants are consisting of coal-to-syngas plant, syngas-to-fertilizer plant, syngas-to- Dimethyl Ether (DME) plant and syngas-to-polypropylene plant.

These four plants are scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2020. The plants will have capacity of 500,000 tons of fertilizer per annum, 400,000 tons of DME and 450,000 tons of polypropylene per year.

The launching of the BACB SEZ was held on Sunday, attended by by the State Enterprise Minister Rini M. Soemarno, Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan and Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto.

The launching of the projects was a follow-up of signing of the Head of Agreement signed by Bukit Asam, Pertamina, Pupuk Indonesia and Chandra Asri Petrochemicals on Dec. 8, 2017.

Bukit Asam President Director Arviyan Arifin said the coal gasification projects will give higher value-added to the company’s coal resources through adoption of gasification technology. “Therefore, it will provide more profitable business to Bukit Asam.”

Written by Staff Writer
Edited by Roffie Kurniawan (email:

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