Bukit Asam Boosted The Coal Gasification Project

HIGH industrial gas prices are still a problem for the fertilizer and plastics production sector. Understandably, the second main raw material of both industries is gas. Coal gasification is believed to be an attractive option for efficiency when gas prices can not be derived further. The development of coal downstream through coal gasification continues to be encouraged by PT Bukit Asam Tbk. Currently, PTBA-coded stock issuers in the Indonesia Stock Exchange are completing the stages of bankable feasibility study. Corporate Secretary PTBA Suherman said, currently, the development of coal gasification continues. Is being finalized by a jointly appointed consultant, he told KONTAN on Thursday (1/2). Just so you know, Bukit Asam together with PT Pertamina (Persero), PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) and PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk will form a joint venture (JV) joint venture to build a coal gasification processing plant. The technology in this plant can convert coal into synthetic gas (syngas), with an investment value of more than US$ 1 billion. The target is, by the end of 2018 or early 2019, the plant is already under construction. Currently, PTBA is just preparing the land that will be used as an industrial area. "Its location in Tanjung Enim, South Sumatra," he explained. Unfortunately, he has not been able to say how much potential business will be derived from the downstream through this coal gasification. Suherman also did not want to say where to be sold the results of coal gasification. "We wait until the feasibility study is finished first yes, later, if there are developments will be updated," he said. Just so you know, coal gasification is converting coal into final product which has higher selling value. How, by using gasification technology that allows convert young coal into syngas, the raw material for further processing into dimethyl ether as fuel, urea as fertilizer and polypropylene as plastic raw materials. Gasification rules Previously, President Director of PT Bukit Asam Tbk, Arviyan Arifin, revealed that coal gasification production after becoming syngas can meet market demand. Namely at 500,000 tons of urea per year, 400,000 tons of dimethyl ether per year and 450,000 tons of polypropylene per year. With the target to meet the needs of that, estimated the needs of coal as raw materials of 9 million tons per year. "It is included to support the needs of coal for power plants," he said. Director General of Mineral and Coal of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Bambang Gatot Ariyono said that Bukit Asam is currently interested in implementing coal downstream through coal gasification. So far the Ministry of ESDM has been holding a discussion to publish detailed rules regarding the development of coal gasification. According to Bambang, in general there is already gasification. "While the down-stream has been regulated but not yet detailed, one that has not been willing to develop because the economy has not been developed yet," explained Bambang. Source : www.kontan.co.id