Construction at a new alumina refining plant in Indonesia commenced on Tuesday, as PT Alumina Borneo Indonesia (BAI) broke ground on its Smelter Grade Alumina Refinery (SGAR) in western Borneo.
The first piling was planted virtually by Governor Sutarmidji of West Kalimantan as ministers from various state agencies looked on. He explained at the ceremony that this new alumina refinery is part of the government’s wider aims for the aluminium industry
“The West Kalimantan Provincial Government fully supports the construction of SGAR in Bukit Batu Village, Sungai Kunyit District. This is an effort to support the President’s policy regarding the import of aluminium raw materials.”
He went on to say that the government encouraged BAI to look locally for skilled workers at the plant.
“Starting next year, the West Kalimantan Provincial Government will build a certificate of expertise centre. So that PT BAI can entrust its workforce to the West Kalimantan qualification centre to increase the expertise of the workforce so that it meets the required qualifications. So that local people do not become spectators.”
The new plant will ship its refined alumina through the nearby Kijing Terminal Port. It is planned to have a nameplate capacity of 1 million metric ton per annum smelter-grade alumina refinery. Black & Veatch subsidiary PT Bina Viktori Indonesia (PT BVI) will also build a coal gasification plant and a coal-fired power plant at the site as well.
The plant is a product of a partnership between PT Pembangunan Perumahan (Persero) Tbk (PTPP) and China Aluminum International Engineering Corp Ltd. It is estimated to cost US$695 million to construct. BAI is a subsidiary of Persero and PT Aneka Tambang (Persero) Tbk (ANTM) or Antam, from whom it also purchases bauxite ore.