Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan revealed that Pertamina will build a giant refinery in Kenya. The refinery’s production capacity is planned to reach 300 thousand barrels per day.
“He will build an oil refinery. Later, it will be in stages of 300,000 BOPD,” said Luhut after attending the IKAXA National Seminar, Thursday (14/9/2023).
He said the oil that Pertamina would process came from several countries around Kenya, from Sudan to Uganda. Some oil supplies will also be met directly from Kenya.
In the future, the Kenyan government will become an off taker, aka a permanent buyer of the production of the giant Pertamina refinery.
“So it will be built by Pertamina from South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. The government will take the off-taker,” said Luhut.
During President Jokowi’s visit to Africa on 20-24 August 2023, Pertamina did participate. According to detikcom’s notes, Pertamina is exploring cooperation opportunities by making agreements with energy companies in Kenya. The collaboration takes the form of developing potential in the upstream and geothermal sectors.
President Director of PT Pertamina (Persero) Nicke Widyawati said this collaboration encouraged Pertamina’s enthusiasm as a BUMN in establishing bilateral relations with countries in Africa, one of which was Kenya.
“We bring the spirit of the government, the spirit of the Asian-African Conference, Bandung in 1955. We are now working together in economic development. Pertamina itself is opening up opportunities for cooperation in the upstream to downstream sectors, including geothermal in Kenya,” said Nicke in a written statement, Monday (21/ 8/2023) ago.
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