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Indonesia palm oil company PT Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ) is currently conducting a series of test to evaluate the performance of a palm oil mill for its subsidiary PT Putra Manunggal Perkasa (PMP) in West Papua.

“The mill at PT PMP is currently undergoing a testing process to evaluate the performance of the mill’s machinery,” Victor Tjahjadi, ANJ Communication, and Media Engagement Manager told the Palm Scribe on Wednesday (26/6).

The tests will also evaluate the quality of the oil palm fresh fruit bunches as the mill will be supplied by two estates belonging to subsidiaries of ANJ which have only begun to produce late last month.

The plant, which is a first mill line with an initial capacity of 45 ton per hour, is being tested using fresh fruit bunches of oil palms from an estate of PT PMP in Maybrat and South Sorong, and another of PT Permata Putra Mandiri (PPM) in South Sorong.

The two estates have a total planted area of  8,678 hectares by the end of last year. The mill’s construction is expected to be entirely completed this quarter and by 2021 the mill is targetted to be able to produce 90 tons per hour.

The company has said that the mill was only one of three important infrastructure it was building in West Papua. The other two were the Tatakera bridge and the Karekano harbor.

The Tatakera bridge would help ease access to the PMP mill from the PPM estate and will also allow palm oil from the mill to be sent to the Jamarema harbor. The Karekano harbor is being built specifically for the transportation of logistics and passengers. The bridge and the harbor are both in South Sorong.

The Tatakera bridge is expected to be completed early in the third quarter of the year, the company has said.

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