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Sambu fuel terminal receives first international bunker cargo

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Tanks and Terminals,

Pertamina's Pulau Sambu fuel terminal, located on an island between Batam and Singapore, is preparing to receive its first international low sulfur fuel oil (LSFO) cargo from Freepoint Commodities (Freepoint). Further to the heads of agreement for the cooperation and utilisation of Pertamina's Pulau Sambu fuel terminal signed between the two companies in Jakarta last year, the first international LSFO cargo into Sambu forms part of Pertamina's efforts to optimise company assets and establish a trading hub in Indonesia.

Pertamina's Pulau Sambu fuel terminal has 320 000 kl of storage capacity and is strategically located in the Malacca Strait to participate synergistically in one of the busiest trading and shipping economies in the world. Freepoint has been supporting Pertamina's efforts in upgrading and refurbishing Pulau Sambu's fuel oil tanks to ensure international standards are met in all aspects since late last year. The on-track handover of the first batch of tanks for operational use before the year-end is a testament of a successful collaboration by the two companies. The Pulau Sambu fuel terminal is expected to ramp-up to optimal LSFO utilisation in 2021, with trading operations supported by Freepoint and by Pertamina's international marketing and distribution (PIMD) to provide environmentally friendly, low emission fuel supply to the international and regional shipping industries.

Mulyono, Pertamina's Logistics and Infrastructure Director, said: “The utilisation of Pertamina's fuel terminal in Pulau Sambu with Freepoint is pivotal to ensure our fuel terminals fulfill all international standards and reinforce Pertamina's ambition to further expand its footprint in the global energy market.”

Ouyang Xiuzhang, Freepoint's CEO of Asia commented: “We are only at the beginning stages on what is strategically possible as we work together with Pertamina to support their expansion into the international LSFO markets.”

The upgrading of the tanks will continue through early 2021 as the terminal prepares for full integration into the international trading network by being a reliable LSFO supply point for the Singapore Straits shipping market.

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