May 23, 2018 / 9:00 AM / a year ago

Indonesia's Pertamina may look for partner in Balikpapan refinery upgrade - acting CEO

JAKARTA, May 23 (Reuters) -

* Indonesia’s state energy firm PT Pertamina will consider looking for a partner to upgrade its Balikpapan refinery in East Kalimantan, acting Chief Executive Nicke Widyawati said on Wednesday.

* “We are doing it ourselves for now, but along the way, we are open to the option of partnering,” she told reporters, adding that a few foreign companies have expressed interest.

* Pertamina had started upgrading the refinery last year and hopes to finish construction by 2021. (Reporting by Jakarta bureau; Writing by Gayatri Suroyo, Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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