German Investors Interested in Building a Petrochemical Plant in Bintuni-West Papua

By : Hariyanto And Aldi Firhand. A | Tuesday, March 20 2018 - 19:18 IWST

Director General of IKTA Ministry of Industry, Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono (Photo Ridwan)
Director General of IKTA Ministry of Industry, Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono (Photo Ridwan)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - German investors are interested to build petrochemical plant in Bintuni, West Papua, in an effort to support the increasing national industrial structure.

"The Indonesian government strongly supports the desire of Germany to build the petrochemical plant as well as to implement the instructions of President Joko Widodo during his visit to the country, as well as for the equitable development in Indonesia," said Director General of Chemical, Textile and Various Industries Ministry of Industry Achmad Sigit Dwiwahjono in Jakarta, Monday (19/3/2018).

This was conveyed after presenting the international trade show exhibition Achema 2018 dated 11-15 June 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany. The exhibition, which takes place every three years, is the biggest exhibition for the process industry that is followed by more than 100 countries.

Achmad said the chosen plant construction in Bintuni is among other factors that the region has abundant gas reserves managed by British Petroleum (BP).

For Indonesia, the existence of petrochemical plant is very important considering the petrochemical sector has an important role in the industrial sector in supporting the growth of the national economy.

The plan, petrochemical project in Bintuni Bay can produce methanol product of 1.8 million tons which then lowered to polyethylene and polyprophylane about 400 thousand tons.

According to Achmad, not only the desire to build factories, the German Government has also been helping a number of chemical vocational education schools in Indonesia in an effort to improve the skills of his students.

"The form of assistance provided is more theory than practice so that students can have good skills," he said.

Regarding the exhibition Achema 2018, he said the exhibition is very important for Indonesian entrepreneurs in the search for references to the development of industrial processes in a growing world.

"I consider the exhibition as an important event for national entrepreneurs to seek the latest information on various industrial sectors such as chemicals, pharmaceuticals, textiles and apparel," he said.

Ceo Dechema Ausstellungs GmbH Thomas Scheuring, said Indonesia as a developing country and has abundant natural resources is very likely to become an advanced country of industry.

The exhibition, he said, in every organization is always followed by companies and potential visitors in addition to the event of exchange of ideas and the latest industry information.

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