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Pertamina seeks 2.8 mln bbls more of June gasoil amidst refinery issues, sources state

Pertamina Patra Niaga, the trading arm of Indonesia's stateowned energy major, is looking for another 2.8 million barrels of gasoil for June spot shipment, as difficulties at the Balikpapan refinery continue, 2 sources with understanding of the matter said.

Balikpapan's crude distillation system (CDU) IV is presently still in healing mode, a Pertamina representative stated on Friday, including the CDU is not in operation yet.

Balikpapan was scheduled for a revamp and growth from mid-February to mid-May to include around 100,000 barrels per day of crude processing capability, records reveal.

Pertamina has not provided more details on when CDU IV will recover, however several sources familiar with the matter are expecting it to be back in between end-June and end-July.

On the other hand, the site's 60,000-bpd CDU V is running. generally, the representative stated.

The refinery suffered a fire around two weeks ago. No. casualties were reported and the company was monitoring fuel. production to ensure there are no disruptions to supply.

The refiner is seeking 3 200,000-barrel freights, two. 500,000-barrel freights and 4 200,000-300,000 barrel freights. for delivery to several ports such as Baubau, Tanjung Uban,. Tuban, Kotabaru and Pulau Laut, the sources, who received the. purchase tender document, said.

The delivery dates for these cargoes are mainly between June. 19 and June 30.

The tender closes on June 10, with deals to have credibility. until June 12.

A Pertamina Patra Niaga official stated the business is. presently performing a variety of purchase tenders, but did not. validate specifically on the most recent procurement.

Pertamina Patra Niaga was previously in the market to purchase. least 1.5 million barrels of 2500 ppm gasoil on Tuesday, after. purchasing 300,000 barrels in a purchase tender last week at a. premium of $1 to Singapore quotes.

This brings the total amount for 2500 ppm gasoil they looked for. for June shipment to 6 million barrels, records showed,. compared with up to 1.8 million barrels for May.