PT Asian Agri plans to invest Rp1.3 trillion ($142.9 million) to build crude palm oil factories to increase its production by up to 10%, The Investor Daily reported on Thursday (26/7/07).
The daily quoted Semion Tarigan, director of one of its units, PT Inti Indosawit, as saying the firm plans to expand its annual crude palm oil production capacity by 100,000 tons.
"The investment worth Rp1.3 trillion is for building five crude palm oil factories and several oleochemical processing units," Tarigan was quoted as saying by Reuters.
Asian Agri has 150,000 hectares of palm oil plantations and 16 crude palm oil processing factories with a production of 1 million tons of crude palm oil per year.
Rudy Victor Sinaga, the firm's corporate communications manager, said most of the investment would come from the firm's own cash and the rest from bank credit.