Musim Mas expands oleochemical

PT Musim Mas, an integrated palm oil producer, has embarked on an expansion of its oleochemical plant near the North Sumatra port of Belawan that will increase its annual production capacity to 357,000 metric tons of fatty alcohol, medium-chain triglycerides, oleic acid, glycerine, fatty acids and high-quality soap.

The expansion, which will make the Musim Mas oleochemical plant the second largest in the world after a plant in Malaysia owned by Sime Darby, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2007, according to Musim Mas Managing Director Surja.

""We are highly confident about our competitive advantages as the Musim Mas group is an integrated industry that includes plantations, palm oil mills, refineries, fractionation and palm kernel crushing plants, and margarine, soap, specialty fats and oleochemical plants,"" Surja added.

Musim Mas, one of the largest palm oil exporters in Indonesia, is the only firm in the country that has won for five successive years the Primanyarta award for distinguished export performance and the only winner so far of the Primanyarta gold award given by the government, Surja said.

It export to Europe, the U.S., China, Japan and other Asian countries.

Surja said as the world demand for oleochemical products has steadily been increasing, Musim Mas plans to build a third-stage expansion of its oleochemical operations to further diversify its products into biodiesel, esters and amines. -- JP

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