Wednesday, 20 August, 2008 | 11:53 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: South Africa Synthetic Oil Liquefaction (SASOL) Synfuels International, a synthetic fuel company from South Africa, is interested in managing coal liquefaction in South Sumatra.
The project will be the first for liquefying the coal to produce fuel in Indonesia.
Bukin Daulay, Head of the Research and Development Division for mineral and coal technology at the Energy and Mineral Resources Department, said SASOL plans to be work together with PT Dharma Henwa (a mining company under the Bakrie Group), PT Pertamina, and PT Rekayasa Industri.
“They will form a consortium,” said Bukin, on Tuesday (19/8).
Bukin accompanied SASOL representatives when meeting the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro.
The SASOL representatives included Ed Cameron, Stefan Opperman, Nicole Jordaan, and Johannes Vanzyl.
SASOL will work with PT Dharma Henwa to produce low calorie coal with at the Pendopo mine in South Sumatra.
“There are reserves amounting to about three billion tons of low calorie coal at that mine. They will survey the location tomorrow (this Wednesday),” said Bukin.