In addition to signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PT Adaro Energy Tbk (ADRO) and PT Indika Energy Tbk (INDY), PT Pertamina (Persero) also signed an MoU on the cooperation to develop a coal gasification project into Dimethyl Ether ( DME) with PT Berkah Bomba Energi, a subsidiary of the Bomba Group, yesterday, Monday (07/12/2020).
The signing of the memorandum of understanding for coal gasification was carried out in the form of a zoom meeting , attended by the Director of Pertamina, Nicke Widyawati and his staff, the Directors of PT Berkah Bomba Energi and his staff, and the Directors of Indika Energi and Adaro which was witnessed by the Director General of Mineral and Coal of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Ridwan Djamaluddin .
CEO of PT Berkah Bomba Energi Todotua Pasaribu said, is a form of the company’s contribution to reducing dependence on LPG imports.
“We welcome PT Pertamina’s step in cooperating with companies that own coal mines in efforts to develop coal gasification into DME / LPG,” Todotua was quoted as saying in the company’s official statement on Monday (07/12/2020).
PT Berkah Bomba Energi, said Todo, is very supportive of this to reduce dependence on imports of LPG and also to maintain energy security through the development of diversification of the energy business.
“We are very committed to this development, especially with our good intentions to advance the South Sumatra region,” he said.
Bomba Group is a company that has coal, plantation, power plant and property business units that focus on the South Sumatra region.
“For the nation and state, we are ready to give the best,” he said.
In his remarks, President Director of PT Pertamina, Nicke Widyawati explained that the coal gasification program is a company effort to develop alternative energy with raw materials that are widely available in Indonesia while reducing LPG imports.
However, he stressed the importance of applying the right technology in this program, so as to reduce the worrying environmental impact of using coal.
“The program to reduce imports of BBM and LPG is in line with Pertamina’s future strategy to optimize natural resources as raw material for energy, so as to reduce imports and the trade balance deficit. With the abundance of resources that Indonesia has and the right technology, environmental issues can be proven “That the coal gasification program to become DME replacing LPG will not be an environmental issue in Indonesia. The choice of technology is the key,” said Nicke.
He also said that this program needs to be supported by certainty in future regulations, so that it becomes a stimulus to encourage economic, industrial growth and create jobs in Indonesia.
This collaboration was also appreciated by the ESDM Ministry’s Director General of Mineral and Coal Ridwan Djamaluddin. According to him, this cooperation is very strategic considering that Indonesia has quite a lot of low-calorie coal potential.
“On behalf of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, we express our utmost appreciation because this program will be our competitive advantage. With coal gasification, it can become an import substitution. And we are also trying to attract more investment, so that it can bring about a multiplier effect ,” said Ridwan.