JAKARTA (rambuenergy.com) – PT Humpuss Intermoda Transportasi Tbk (HITS) which engages in the sea transportation and related activities, has secured a contract from state electricity company PT PLN to transport gas to various power plants of PLN in remote areas in central region of the country.
Humpuss Intermoda, owned by late president Soeharto’s son Hutomo “Tommy” Mandala Putra, transports liquefied natural gas (LNG), crude oil, fuel oil, chemicals, containers, coal, and other sea cargoes.
“Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) will build mini power plants that will use natural gas. Therefore, PLN needs gas transportation,” Humpuss Intermoda President Director Theo Lekatompessy was quoted by Antara news agency as saying on Friday (Sept. 18).
PLN is planning to build gas power plants in 33 locations in eastern Indonesia, with capacity of between 50 MW and 100 MW.
He said the contract does not cover gas transportation, but also providing gas infrastructure, storage and other needs. He expect these projects will start in the fourth quarter this year.
PLN divides the LNG supply to three regions, west, central and eastern Indonesia. PLN has selected 11 companies out of 150 companies interested in the gas transportation services. Of these 11 companies, five are national companies, including Humpuss Intermoda, said Lekatompessy.
to support the project, the company will buy one mini LNG vessel with capacity of 20,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) or 40 million tons of LNG. The vessel will be bought from this year’s capital expenditure of US$315 million. (*)