In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pertamina continues to complete national strategic projects, one of which is RDMP Balikpapan, which currently has progressed at 16.32%. This progress is up from the quarterly achievements of 1-2020 which recorded 15.02%.
Pertamina Corporate Communicaton Vice President Fajriyah Usman stated that the progress of the Balikpapan RDMP is currently on the track, although in the implementation of the process it must implement strict health protocols.
"The RDMP and GRR megaprojects are national strategic projects that have been set to continue to run amid the co-19 pandemic and fluctuations in crude oil prices and the rupiah exchange rate against the dollar. This project is important to ensure that national energy security and independence can be realized immediately, "said Fajriyah.
Fajriyah added, the progress of Balikpapan RDMP as of May 17, 2020 included four jobs namely engineering (6.05%), Procurement (5.85%), Construction (4.38%) and Commissioning (0.03%) so that overall reached 16 32%.
The overall RDMP and GRR project, added Fajriyah, currently employs around 5,000 workers, the majority of which are in the RDMP Balikpapan. In general, the workers in Balikpapan's RDMP come from local workers, so Pertamina must continue to maintain the sustainability of this project so that the economy of the community in the operational area can continue to grow and move forward.
According to Fajriyah, Balikpapan RDMP will increase refinery processing capacity from 260 thousand barrels per day to 360 thousand barrels per day and improve the quality of fuel products from Euro II equivalent to Euro V. The RDMP Balikpapan project is also synergized with the construction of the New Crude Lawe-Lawe Tankage Facility with a storage capacity of 2 million barrels.
In line with The New Normal, Pertamina has prepared the Covid-19 Protection Protocol to protect workers, customers, suppliers and business partners. The application of the Protocol includes the use of masks, gloves, social distancing and disinfectant spraying in all areas of operation.
"With the support of all stakeholders, Pertamina will continue to complete the RDMP and GRR mega projects on target. Hopefully, in 2026, we will be independent by no longer importing BBM, "concluded Fajriyah.