On 5 October 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk and Royal Vopak (Vopak), the world’s leading independent tank storage company, have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to set up a joint venture company for collaboration in the industrial infrastructure business in Cilegon, Banten Province, Indonesia.
Chandra Asri and Vopak will explore exciting storage opportunities in supply networks, to help grow existing petrochemical value chains and lay the foundations for an expanded industrial cluster in Cilegon, Banten Province, Indonesia. The finalization of this LOI and the setting up of the joint venture company is subject to final terms and conditions, including customary regulatory and shareholder approvals.
Continuing its commitment to sustainability, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk is now ready to operate Enclosed Ground Flare (EGF), a smokeless flare technology at its petrochemical complex in Cilegon, Banten. Reaches a total investment of US$ 14 million, EGF was built to minimize the social and environmental impacts of its plant operations.
Being built since 2018, EGF is capable of burning 220 tons of hydrocarbons per hour using a closed combustion method without causing heat and noise. From an environmental perspective, EGF is designed to carry out the combustion process completely so that no hydrocarbons from combustion are discharged into the air. From a social perspective, EGF is able to reduce noise while eliminating flame and smoke.
On 16 September 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk inaugurated the Banten Regional Police extension building which has been built since 2019. The inauguration of the 2,000m2 extension building grant consisting of three floors was carried out virtually from the Banten Regional Police which is connected to the Chandra Asri office. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this event continues to implement the applicable health protocol.
This extension building grant is hoped to increase the morale of the entire Banten Police and its apparatus in carrying out the task of providing the best service to the community.
As its commitment to support hospitals in providing medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk donated medical equipment to the Cilegon City Government for handling this pandemic. The distribution of this medical equipment was carried out on 10 September 2020 through the Cilegon COVID-19 Task Force and the Cilegon Regional Disaster Management Agency which was then distributed to the Cilegon City Government and Cilegon Regional Hospital.
The assistance provided by Chandra Asri included 150 pieces of a protective bodysuit, 40 pieces of KN95 mask, 1,260 pieces of a surgical mask, 1,100 packs of a rapid test kit, and 200 pieces of gloves. Chandra Asri also handed over medical equipment such as 50 pieces of a protective bodysuit, 2000 pieces of a surgical mask, 100 packs of a rapid test kit, and 200 pieces of gloves to the Cilegon Police and the Banten Military Resort Commander.
On 8 September 2020, PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk have commenced operation of its new MTBE (Methyl Tert-butyl Ether) and B1 (Butene 1) plants, first of their kind in Indonesia. The plant operations are in line with the Indonesian Government target to substitute import by 35% until 2022. Capacity of MTBE (Methyl Tert-butyl Ether) plant is 128 KTA, tapping into the octane booster market that is still reliant on import. Meanwhile, capacity of B1 (Butene 1) is 43 KTA, where 33 KTA will be absorbed by Chandra Asri’s own operation while the rest is targeted for domestic market.
Construction of Chandra Asri’s MTBE and B1 plants was done by Toyo Engineering Corporation and PT Inti Karya Persada Tehnik since 2018. Both plants are using Lummus Technology, one of the most advanced petrochemical processing technology in the world.
PT Chandra Asri Petrochemical Tbk, Indonesia’s largest integrated petrochemical company, successfully completed the issuance of a 1 Trillion Rupiah Bond on 26 August 2020. The issuance was 100% fully subscribed. It is the largest IDR bond issuance executed by the Company to date. This transaction marks Chandra Asri’s continued success in tapping the domestic fixed income market, as part of the company’s Shelf Offering Program III approved by the Financial Services Authority (OJK) with a 5 trillion Rupiah funding target over 2020 to 2022.
The bond issuance by Chandra Asri with a rating of idAA- from Pefindo is considered to meet the very strong long-term financial commitment of debt securities, relative to other Indonesian obligors.
The issuance will be used to fund Chandra Asri’s working capital as part of its Integration Master Plan, with its Methyl Tert-butyl Ether (MTBE) and Butene-1 plant growth project expected to come onstream soon in September 2020.