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Panca Amara Utama kicks off construction of ammonia plant in Banggai

JAKARTA ( – PT Panca Amara Utama (PAU) has kicked off the construction (groundbreaking) of its ammonia plant in Banggai, which is near the Donggi Senoro LNG plant. The groundbreaking of the project was officiated by President Joko Widodo on Sunday.

The ammonia plant, with total investment of US$ 830 juta, is designed to have capacity to produce 0.7 metric tons per annum (MTPA) or 700,000 tons per annum. PAU is a subsidiary of PT Surya Eka Perkasa Tbk.

Surya Esa Perkasa is 30 percent owned by PT Trinugraha Akraya Sejahtara, 20 percent owned by PT Ramaduta Teltaka, 9.09 percent by CLSA, Ltd and public 40.91 percent.

Trinugraha is a company owned by former Astra International CEO T.P. Rachmat, Garibaldi Thohir, who is also a key shareholder of Adaro Energy and Chander Vinod Laroya, former president director of PT Indorama Synthetics Tbk. Trinugraha currently owns 41.25 percent of Panca Amara Utama shares.

Garibandi Thohir, known as Buy Thohir, said the ammonia plant will be developed on 192 hectares of land. The plant will produce ammonia, chemical products that will be used as raw materials for fertilizers, explosive materials and other petrochemical products.

The ammonia plant will receive 55 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of gas from Senoro-Toili Block.

PAU has awarded PT Rekayasa Industri (Rekind) as main contractor of the ammonia plant.

Boy Thohir said the ammonia plant is expected to create multiplier effect as well as stimulate local economy as well as eastern Indonesian economy in general. (*)

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