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Field Trip to SHELL Marunda: Visiting the Biggest International Downstream Company in Indonesia

JAKARTA, speitbsc.org – SPE ITB SC held a fieldtrip to Shell Lubricants Oil Blending Plant (LOBP) in Marunda, North Jakarta on (13/09/17).

The 30 participants arrived at 10 o’clock in SHELL LOBP. Mr. Amin Hartoni, The Chairman of SPE Java Chapter welcomed the participants with a speech about energy outlook and its sustainability for human living. He encouraged the participants to start thinking about what should be done in terms of having the energy needs afforded. Considering the oil price, nowadays, fresh graduates barely get jobs immediately. Therefore, Mr. Toni suggested college students to be a multi-skill person. The skills that can be developed must be related to the main major and integrated to create innovations. “Whatever you learn today, should align with future challenges and demand,” Mr. Toni said, closing his speech.

The next agenda was LOBP introduction from Mr. Andira Siregar as Project Engineer of SHELL LOBP Marunda. LOBP is a downstream company which makes up to 50 kind of lubricants products. The products are varing from gasoline, marine, diesel, hydraullic, etc.

The workflow of producing lubricants in SHELL Marunda starting with raw material receiving. These are base oil, additives, and empty packaging. After being received at Marunda Jetty, those raw materials are being stored. There are two main process in this refinery company which are blending and filling. In SHELL Marunda, there are 2 blenders which are Automatic Batch Blender (ABB) and Simultaneous Metering Blender (SMB). Each blender has its own pros and cons. The ABB is used for slow-moving but highly precise products. The other blender, SMB, are faster-moving but lower-precision. Therefore, SMB is used for producing lubricants for car and motorcycle.

SHELL has priority in quality control as same as safety. Quality Control Division has to check the quality of raw materials and finished products, continue by filling process. From raw materials to finished product, it took approximately 3.5 hours. The machine rate of producing lubricants is about 7000 bottles/hour. After that, the finished products are directly sent to the consumers located from Aceh to Papua.

As closing, the participants were given big pictures about upstream industries in Indonesia. Shell has shares in Masela Block as non-operator venture. Mr. Indra, the speakers of seminar told the participants the story behind that block. It was quite interesting because he talked about all aspects in upstream industry, starting from politics, economy, and technical aspects. This latest field trip was closed by giving memento to SHELL Marunda.

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