Gas crisis, Fatty Alcohol Plant in Belawan Close

Due to prolonged electricity crisis in North Sumatra, a producer of fatty alcohol perusaaan PT Ecogreen Oleochemical located in Belawan, North Sumatra forced to shut down.
Companies producing raw materials toothpaste, detergent, perfume, and the basic ingredients of drugs was forced to shut down following the cessation of gas supply from PT Pertiwi Nusantara Resources to PT Perusahaan Gas Negara for the needs of the industry in North Sumatra.
Chairman of the Association of Producing Gas (Apigas) North Sumatra meyatakan Johan Brien, gas supplies dwindling North Sumatra to be bad for the continuity of the oil palm industry raw material and oleochemical products. “Another one fatty alcohol-producing companies were forced to close due to lack of gas supply from PT Pertiwi Archipelago Resources to PT Perusahaan Gas Negara, “said Johan Brien told Tempo, Thursday, July 18, 2013.
According to Johan, based on reports he received from PT Ecogreen management, the company got out of PGN’s gas supply is supplied from the operator PT PNR. “From a management report Ecogreen, they closed the business that has 23 years of standing on the grounds of inadequate gas supply, “Johan said. Ocogreen closure, Johan continued as of July 11, 2013.
Fatty alcohols or fatty alcohols are aliphatic alcohols that are derived from natural fats or natural oils. However Ecogreen get fatty alcohol from the process gas into hydrogen before changing into aliphatic alcohol. “Ecogreen using gas as feedstock fatty alcohols, while the supply of PGN to Ecogreen are numbered zero since July 11, 2013,” said Johan.
According to Johan, industrial gas users in North Sumatra require at least 18 to 20 million cubic feet per day. However, since 13 years ago, jumlahj gas supply continues to decline. “Seteleh PNR resigned as carrier gas supplier to PGN, while Pertamina EP is only there as a gas supplier for seven million cubic feet per day to PGN for the needs of the industry,” said Johan .
According to Johan, before PT Ecogreen lid, two companies namely PT Flora Sawita and Glovindo suffered the same fate. “Currently employers really expect the central government to intervene to control the state of the gas industry in North Sumatra users so that no more companies that terminate their activities due to gas supply. Entrepreneurs are no longer trust the North Sumatra provincial government and legislators who keeps promises, “said Johan.
PT Ecogreen Oleochemical managers, Halim Hashim, admitted, since July 11, 2013 Ecogreen lid and lay off about 300 employees. “Management will Ecogreen meeting to determine whether attitudes continue to operate in North Sumatra or move to another place,” said Hashim .. He added, Ecogreen still get gas supply as many as 900 thousand cubic feet of 1.5 million cubic feet requirement.