JAKARTA – PT Pertamina, PT Pupuk Kujang, and PT Rekacipta Inovasi ITB have signed an agreement to set up a joint venture company named PT Katalis Sinergi Indonesia (KSI), which will soon produce an Indonesian made catalyst called “Katalis Merah Putih”.
Since the middle of last year (2020), the Katalis Merah Putih has become the only innovative product that enables production of biofuel directly from palm oil without blending with any fossil fuels.
The Indonesian made catalyst will enable the Indonesian government to realize its target of energy self-sufficiency through the production of biofuel, which is a renewable energy.
The establishment of PT KSI as a joint venture company owned by state-owned companies (BUMN) and state-owned university, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), is aimed to implement the biofuel development program based on palm oil. It is a national strategic program which is stipulated by the presidential regulation (Perpres) No.109/2020 according to the medium term national development plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024.
PT Rekacipta Inovasi ITB Director Alam Indrawan said that the establishment of PT KSI stands as an appreciation of the national research result which is considered as an intellectual property right (IPR). “It can also stand as a role model for universities and research institutions in Indonesia,” he said.
PT Pertamina Lubricants President Director Ageng Giriyono said that PT KSI will contribute around 800 tons of catalysts every year. Around 64 percent of the catalysts will be absorbed by PT Pertamina and 36 percent will be allocated for Oleochemical Plant.
“By developing local plants, Indonesia can reduce its reliance on imports of catalysts, accelerate innovative products and new technologies, increase local industries’ competitiveness, and strengthen Indonesia’s energy resilience and self-sufficiency,” he said in a press release issued by the public relations of Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) on Monday.
PT Pupuk Kujang President Director Maryadi noted that catalysts are very important in our everyday life as almost all industries need catalysts.
“Indonesia is the world’s largest producer of palm oil. The production of our Indonesian made catalysts will prove that we, as a nation, are able to create own catalysts without relying on other countries,” Maryadi said. (*)
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