PT Kaltimex Energy is Building a Compressed Biogas Plant in the West Lombok Regency

On August 17th, 2023, coinciding with Indonesia’s 78th independence anniversary, the Chairman of PT Kaltimex Energy, Mr. K.K. Ralhan, and his representatives, along with the Governor of West Nusa Tenggara (Nusa Tenggara Barat (NTB)), Mr. Dr. H. Zulkieflimansyah, inaugurated the groundbreaking ceremony for the Compressed Biogas (CBG) a pioneer project plant, in collaboration with Regional-Owned Enterprise (Badan Usaha Milik Daerah (BUMD) of NTB Province, PT Gerbang NTB Emas represented by their Director, Mr. Samuel Hadi. Also, present at the ceremony were the Bioenergy Investment and Cooperation Coordinator, Directorate General of New and Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation (Energi Baru Terbarukan dan Konservasi Energy (EBTKE), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Trois Dilisusendi, and Regent of West Lombok, Mr. H. Fauzan Khalid.

PT Kaltimex hopes to support the Indonesian Government’s plan to reduce future LPG imports. In 2022, for example, Indonesia’s importation of LPG reached 6.7 million tonnes, equivalent to 82% of the total LPG consumed by the Indonesian people in the same year. PT Kaltimex chose NTB Province for its ambitious target of achieving Net Zero Emissions by 2050. The NTB Province plans to reduce 3 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent through 3 programs: Green Tourism, Energy, and Industry. The benefit of the CBG plant in Lombok has the potential to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, replace LPG by 5,448 tons, provide employment opportunities, increase the use of renewable energy, and contribute to a circular economy while reducing waste.

The CBG project’s conception started in 2020 by PT Kaltimex Energy via its long-term cooperation contract with PT Gerbang NTB Emas. PT Gerbang NTB Emas will provide corncob feedstock and distribute CBG offering competitive selling prices compared to industrial LPG in the Lombok area. The ten tonnes per day CBG plant in the West Lombok Regency of NTB plans to start operations in the beginning of 2025, providing CBG as a substitute for LPG for industries along with Hotels, Restaurants, and Cafes. (HORECA).