PT Katalis Sinergi Indonesia
Cikampek – PT Katalis Sinergi Indonesia (KSI), has begun construction in the Kujang Industrial Estate, Cikampek. On an area of 2 hectares, the factory, which is ready to produce catalysts made by the nation's children, is ready to operate next year.
“The construction of this catalyst factory is a form of synergy between researchers and state companies. We hope that this (catalyst) will be able to enter the world market and compete internationally," said Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Arifin Tasrif during the ground breaking of PT Katalis Sinergi Indonesia at the Kujang Cikampek Industrial Estate, Wednesday (16/3/2022).
As is known, PT KSI will produce 6 types of catalysts. Because one hundred percent is produced and uses Indonesian technology, the catalyst made by PT KSI will be Katalis Merah Putih. Catalysts are substances needed for almost all process industries, including petrochemicals, oil and gas refining, oleochemicals to petroleum.
PT KSI is projected to be able to produce as much as 800 tons of catalyst per year. The production is expected to meet domestic catalyst needs. As a result, the dependence on imported catalysts so far can be eroded. Thus, Indonesia does not need to import almost all of its catalyst needs.
The portion of share ownership in the consortium are: PT Pertamina Lubricants (38 percent), PT Pupuk Kujang (37 percent) and PT Rekacipta Inovasi ITB (25 percent). "Involvement in this consortium is a form of our commitment to always synergize and support scientific discoveries for the progress of the nation," said Maryadi.
The plan is that the construction of PT Katalis Sinergi Indonesia will last for 13 months. It is hoped that next year, the factory can operate and start producing catalysts. The plan is that the red and white catalyst made by PT KSI will be purchased by the Pertamina refinery to make benzene.
Since 2019, the ITB research team has been testing gasoline made from palm oil as a motor vehicle fuel. Bensa can be made maximally after a series of chemical processes. The use of catalysts in the chemical process can accelerate and maximize the quality of the benzene.