Pinangsori, 27 August 2020 – Air transportation routes in Central Tapanuli are again showing their performance. This is reflected in the increased mobilization of aircraft passengers and number of airlines serving flights at Dr Ferdinan Lumban Tobing Tapanuli Airport after being vacuumed at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. For this reason, in order to meet the need for Avtur fuel supply for airlines in the operational area of the airport, PT Pertamina (Persero) and affiliates PT Elnusa Petrofin (EPN) inaugurated infrastructure and facilities at the Pertamina Pinangsori Tapanuli Tengah Aircraft Filling Depot (DPPU) on Thursday 27 August 2020.
The new facilities that were inaugurated include the DPPU operational office which is a relocation from the previous place. Then a storage tank with a capacity of 25 KL for storage of Avtur, so that the total storage capacity in this DPPU is 60 KL (previously it was 35 KL). The addition of a storage tank with a capacity of 25 KL from ex refueler DPPU Pertamina Polonia Medan which has been revitalized has been able to increase the coverage days of Avtur stock resistance from 4 days to 10 days under normal conditions. Meanwhile, in the current condition where flight activity has not fully recovered, coverage days can reach 12 days.
Occupying an area of approximately 600 square meters, this Pertamina DPPU has been managed by PT Elnusa Petrofin since 2017. But at that time it still occupied the old building and Avtur storage still used a floating tank so that the facilities and infrastructure at DPPU Pinangsori were continuously added and developed accordingly. Like personal airline.
Haris Syahrudin, President Director of PT Elnusa Petrofin, said that the new facilities and facilities at the Pinangsori DPPU which were recently inaugurated were EPN’s real contribution to support Pertamina in maintaining the availability of energy, in this case Avtur fuel, especially for airlines that are Pertamina customers and the public in general. Haris also hopes that with the maintained availability of Avtur for the airline, it will be able to encourage and again improve the economic sector, especially in Central Tapanuli.
Representing the head of Ferdinan Lumban Tobing Airport, Bill Akbar said that his party hopes that the addition of storage facilities at the DPPU can be a lure to serve more customers to fill avtur at FL Tobing airport, outside of regular customers, for example charter planes.
Meanwhile in his speech, General Manager Marketing Region I Pertamina, Gema Iriandus Pahalawan said that one of Pertamina’s tasks from the government is to serve energy. “I am sure that this DPPU can benefit all parties and will encourage the economy here, such as the tourism and business industry,” he said. In addition, the existence of new facilities and facilities at the Pinangsori DPPU can improve the efficiency of filling Avtur for airlines, Gema closed.
On this occasion, donations were also distributed symbolically to orphans around the operational location of DDPU Pinangsori as one of the Corporate Social Responsibility activities.