PT Pertamina (Persero) operates the Balikpapan refinery, which is located in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. It is a non integrated refinery owned by PT Pertamina (Persero). The refinery, which started operations in 1894, has an NCI of 4.4.

Key processes of the refinery

Crude Distillation Unit (mbd): 260
Vacuum Distillation (mbd): 106
Hydrocracker (mbd): 55
Reformer (mbd): 20
Hydrotreater (mbd): 20

The capacity of the refinery is expected to increase to 360mbd by 2030.

During the period 2021-2025, the Balikpapan refinery is expected to witness an estimated capex of $5,200m.

Maintenance activities at Balikpapan refinery

The Balikpapan refinery witnessed eight incidents during the period 2015-2020.

Upcoming expansion projects at Balikpapan refinery

CDU, CCR, Hydrogen Unit, Gasoline Hydrotreater, Distillate Hydrotreater, RFCC, Other Hydrocracker, Kerosene Hydrotreater Unit, Naphtha Hydrotreater Unit, Other Alkylation Unit

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Contractors involved in the refinery

Some of the key contractors for the upcoming projects at the Balikpapan refinery include the following.

Design/FEED: Bechtel.

Main EPC: Hyundai Motor Group, PT Pupuk Indonesia Holding, SK.

EPC: PT Wijaya Karya (Persero).

About PT Pertamina (Persero)

PT Pertamina (Persero) (Pertamina) is a state-owned integrated energy company. It has operations across the energy value chain from upstream to downstream. Its upstream operations include exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. The company also provides upstream technology, drilling and well maintenance services; and develops geothermal energy, coal bed methane (CBM) and shale gas. Pertamina’s downstream operations include refining, marketing, trading and distribution of fuel, lubricants, liquefied petroleum gas, petrochemical products and other non-fuel products to domestic and international markets. The company has operations in Malaysia, Iraq, Algeria, Italy, France, Myanmar, Canada, Congo, Tanzania, Gabon, Colombia, Namibia and Venezuela. Pertamina is headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia.


Information on the refinery is sourced from GlobalData’s refinery database that provides detailed information on all active and upcoming, crude oil refineries and heavy oil upgraders globally. Not all companies mentioned in the article may be currently existing due to their merger or acquisition or business closure.