Friday, 19 July 2019 | 04:56 WIB

PGN Targets Batam to Become Natural Gas City

PGN targets Batam to become natural gas city

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (Persero) Tbk (PGAS) or PGN targets Batam, Riau Islands to become the natural gas city. Reliable energy supply will attract many investors to invest in a city directly bordering Singapore.

PGN Director of Infrastructure and Technology Dilo Seno Widagdo said Batam in the near future can be called as a natural gas city, because PGN continues to expand the infrastructure network and increase the supply of natural gas to various areas in Batam.

"Since 2004, we continue to build a natural gas distribution network to customers in Batam. PGN supplies directly to industries, commercial businesses to power plants and households," Dilo said in a press statement on Wednesday (6/21/2017).

Dilo said that in the near future PGN will also complete the WNTS transmission pipeline project at the point of Sub Sea Tie In-Batam (SSTI-B) to Pemping Island.

"The development of WNTS transmission pipeline infrastructure project at the point of Sub Sea Tie In-Batam (SSTI-B) to Pemping Island will provide alternative gas supply for Riau Islands (Batam, Bintan and Karimun) and one of PGN's contribution realizations in supporting the government program for national energy sustainability and independence," explained Dilo.

Dilo said with the construction of this gas pipeline project, PGN Batam area will have an additional total energy capacity of 40 Billion British thermal units per day (BBtud).

In fact, the volume of natural gas could be increased up to 100 BBtud in subsequent years.

With the availability of energy support in Batam, Batam City Government can cooperate to attract more foreign investors to improve the economy in Batam Island, Bintan and surrounding areas, including building commercial, industrial and electrical sector as one of the economic supports. (*)