JAKARTA (RambuEnergy) – State-owned companies – PT Pertamina, PT Rajawali Nusantara Indonesia and plantation firm PT Perkebunan Nusantara III — have signed a memorandum o understanding for the provision of crude palm oil (CPO), refined bleached deodorized palm oil (RBDPO) and bio ethanol as raw materials for renewable energy products.
Under the deal, Pertamina will process the raw materials provided by RNI and PTPN III into renewable energy products.
The MoU was signed by President Director of RNI B. Didik Prasetyo, President Director of PTPN III Dolly P. Pulungan and President Director of Pertamina Nicke Widyawati.
“I continue to support such synergy in order to produce renewable energy as well as a form of support of the state owned companies in increasing the utilization of renewables. One of which is the use of crude palm oil as we have abundant resource of CPO,” State Owned Enterprise Minister Rini Soemarno said.
Nicke Widyawati said through this cooperation, the parties agreed to explore the cooperation in supplying CPO from RNI and PTPN III plantations as well as farmers to Pertamina. In return, Pertamina will process the CPO into biofuel.
RNI, said Prasetyo will supply the raw materials from its subsidiaries, namely PT Perkebunan Mitra Ogan and PT Laras Astra Kartika. The cooperation, he said, is in line with the company’s move into downstream industry.
Under the deal, RNI will provide molasses to Pertamina, which will be processed into bioethanol fuel grade by Pertamina with capacity of 30,000 kl/year.
At present, Pertamina has successfully produced green gasoline, green LPG and green propylene by blending 7.5% of RBDPO with fossil fuel at its Plaju Unit III Refinery.
Pertamina will also later this month carry out a co-processing green diesel by blending RBDPO of up to 12.5% with fossil fuel. The similar activities will also be applied in Pertamina’s other refineries such as Cilacap and Balongan refineries.
The above cooperation is part of the SOEs move to support the government’s drive to increase the share of renewable energy to 23% against the national energy mixed. (*)