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Joint study to explore biomethane production from POME

PT Pertamina, Osaka Gas Co, JGC Holdings, and INPEX Corporation have entered into a joint study agreement to explore the feasibility of a clean natural gas and LNG project in Indonesia, involving the production of biomethane from palm oil mill effluent (POME).

Indonesia is the world’s largest producer and exporter of palm oil and the industry employs more than 3 million people, generating 4.5% of the country’s GDP.

POME is known to contain large quantities of organic material, resulting in significant methane emissions. The project aims to contain POME-derived greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering methane and converting it into biofuels.

Through this joint study initiative, the parties will research and develop technologies and solutions related to the production of biomethane from POME resources in Sumatra and Kalimantan, and supplying to consumers in Indonesia, including Java.

The aim is to supply biomethane through the existing gas grid, meet growing natural gas demand and contribute to the reduction of Scope 1 emissions of Indonesia’s gas consumers.

The parties will jointly assess opportunities for the project to leverage carbon crediting mechanisms and biomethane certification schemes to secure carbon neutrality.

Finally, the joint study will also involve identifying biomethane/bio-LNG and bunker fuel marketing opportunities, including bio-LNG export to Japan and other countries.

The project is expected to support the Asia Energy Transition Initiative – a plan unveiled by the Government of Japan in 2021 that aims to help achieve sustainable economic growth and carbon neutrality in Asia through energy transitions.




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