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30 June 2014

The 10th Balikpapan Expo 2014: GSB Supported Balikpapan Mining and Gas

BALIKPAPAN - Indonesia's mining and gas industry's biggest event, the Balikpapan Expo 2014 is consistently appealing to mining, oil and gas business owners in Indonesia. The expo successfully hosted the targeted 311 exhibitors in mining and gas from 21 countries such as Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. On its 10th times, the expo has become more international and attracted more countries from outside of the region.

The expo took place at the Balikpapan Sports and Convention Centre (BSCC) Dome on Thursday, 12-14 June 2014. The expo matched buyers and sellers in mining and gas, showcased the development in the industry's upcoming technology, drilling machines, industrial equipment, spare parts, excavator, health and safety equipment, etc. This year's expo provided a sharing platform between professionals and mining and gas policy makers whereby they shared knowledge, experience and expertise.

The expo was well attended especially so for this year, the expo also showcased other industries: agribusiness and forestry. The last two sectors were included to accommodate the current development of the latter in Kalimantan.

This expo is really interesting because I can see the latest development in mining and gas. It expands my knowledge of the sector and what type of technology my competitors use, said Afriadi, an engineer for a multinational mining company.

To align the needs of exhibitors and the event and to support Balikpapan's mining and gas sector, Grand Sudirman Balikpapan (GSB) and Aston Balikpapan Hotel used this opportunity to provide meeting venue to further facilitate tenants and exhibitors. Interested meeting attendees could rent meeting room with special rate.

We are so happy that they responded to our initiative positively. We want to support mining and gas industry in Balikpapan, and providing this initiative is proven to be very useful and highly appreciated, confirmed Eka, Grand Sudirman Balikpapan's Tenant Relation Officer.



30 June 2014

Gala Dinner Balikpapan Expo 2014: Networking and Investment Climate Showcase

BALIKPAPAN - The 10th Balikpapan Expo 2014 hosted a Gala Dinner on 13 June to allow exhibitors, business owners and high level government officials in mining and gas to network. The function's mission was to accommodate a space for business owners to acknowledge the lucrative industry sectors available for effective investments in Kalimantan, especially Balikpapan and Kutai Kartanegara.

Mr. Sugiyanto from Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology Balikpapan showcased Balikpapan's investment climate as East Indonesia's investment hub city at the opening of the Gala Dinner. The showcase revealed several ongoing strategic projects in Balikpapan as outlined within the Acceleration Plan, covering the mining and gas resources management, environment, Balikpapan's public and social facilities and infrastructure. Specific for infrastructure, Balikpapan is rapidly building the main road, airport, bridges and coastal roads infrastructures. Sugiyanto stated Balikpapan possesses seven investment magnets such as industrial, provincial facilities, energy, trade, tourism, telecommunication and health. To further answering the demand of qualified and certified workers to cater for the mining industry, Balikpapan has recently established the Institut Teknologi Kalimantan (ITK).

Other showcased at the event included the organizer of the Expo, Feby Regina from PT Sinar Expo Prima that proudly highlighted how Balikpapan Expo had emerged as East Indonesia's mining and gas barometer, proven by the numbers of investors participating both from domestic and international exhibitors increased every year. 

Other highlights of the Gala Dinner ware the entertainment, door-prizes and awards to exhibitors exhibiting at the Balikpapan Expo for a consecutive 10 years.



10 June 2014

5 Easy ways to secure efficient meeting programs

BALIKPAPAN - With the 10th Balikpapan Expo coming up in a couple of days, it is recommended to finalise the planning of your meeting programs. Effective meeting programs will help you achieve your business objective. You may planned or conducted this type of meetings several times, but it is always worth making extra checks to your preparation.

Below is a few checklist in getting your meeting program organise:

1. Get the logistics in advance
Sometimes meeting confirmation can happen last minutes. Should this occur, you can do a rough planning on how many people attending to provide yourself with an idea of how many seats to be organised, catering, documents, seats allocation should the meeting  involve guests and venue booking. 

2. Get the confirmation prior
Always check on how many meetings are confirmed before you start booking a venue. The number of confirmed meeting candidates will assist you in your logistic preparation prior to the meeting such as: the number of people attending the meeting, time allocation per meeting, scheduling, catering service and the number of documents you will need to distribute for the purpose of the meeting.

3. Get the names of meeting participants correctly
There's nothing more embarrassing than getting your guests' names incorrectly at a meeting. It's unprofessional and leaves very bad impression.

4. Get the timing correctly
Creating a back to back meeting programs can be tricky. But with a lot of attention to details, your meetings will run smoothly and efficiently. Do consider other external information regarding your guests' other activities such as: do they need to be at the airport, which direction they are coming from or leaving for.

5. Get the venue organised
Once you have your venue confirmed, it is useful and recommended to do a technical meeting prior to your meeting programs should you wish to schedule the meetings at one venue. Make sure you keep the right contact persons for banquet, technical equipments and sound. You should have their commitments in being available on the day so they can assist you during the programs. Great venue is when facilities are provided and in good shape. What type of facilities? It could be from chairs to tables, screens, overhead projector, stationery, white boards, and other room facilities such as air conditioning and electricity. Some venues provide meeting vouchers, make sure you get this vouchers sorted out well in advanced to lift half of your burdens.

One last most important thing is as the organiser of the meeting programs, you should be well hydrated and have breakfast before you start your program.



10 June 2014

Let The Light Shines On (Efficiently)

BALIKPAPAN - The world of today is a world of bright lights breezy air conditioned rooms. We are so depended on electricity we often take it for granted. Electricity is like water, people automatically expect it to be available and abundant everywhere they go.

However, in reality it's a different case. Electricity can be scarce. It has life expectancy and certainly needs to be taken into account how you can sustain it. Let's admit we only start considering to save electricity when the bill arrives at the end of the month. As much as we need it, it is even more discouraging paying for it.

Do you know that at the end, it isn't about the money? It isn't just about global warming either. It is about how much we contribute to sustaining energy and using it more effectively when we can. It is about a more sensible lifestyle.

We all need to act to enable more comfort in the future. Ask this to yourself, would you deliberately waste away something that is precious to you? No, right?

So here are some easy steps we can apply immediately to start saving our dollars and precious electricity, today!

1. Off is the new On
Everyday at least there are 5 electrical items that we leave on, even when we don't use them. Lights, air-conditioner, phone charger, computer, television. Lights in the meeting room, bathroom or kitchen can be switched off in the morning or only when it is in use. Photocopier, printer and scanner are switched off after office hour. By using only when they are needed, you can easily save up more than 100 watts.

2. Shift the energy
For offices around the world, we know when it is populated and when there are less people in the room. It is considerably easy to start using all of our electronic devices such as air conditioner and lights when occupancy is 100%. We can opt to switch on 50% electricity or air conditioner in the morning and 100% in the afternoon.

3. Go natural
Make use of natural light as a substitute for electricity in the morning to noon. Let's pull up the blind and let the sunshine in!

4. Get social
Use the opportunity of going green at the office to network. Allowing around 60 minutes out of the office at lunch time to let all the lights and computers off can boost office cameraderie and strengthen friendships. Even electronics need a decent break!

5. Know your electronics
Being a smart energy saver goes a long way. Now that we know what to do to become one, we should also start paying more attention to what's written on our electronics. Make sure we keep in mind how much energy our electronics are going to cost us by reading at the spec carefully.

You can discuss with your team or colleagues on more ideas to efficiently save money and energy. See? Too easy, right? Let's do this!



22 May 2014

PLN to Speed Up Work on Power Plants to Ease Electricity Shortage

Two workers fix an electricity network operated by state-owned electricity firm Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) in Semarang in this Feb. 21, 2013 file photo. (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana)

Balikpapan, East Kalimantan. The state electricity company, Perusahaan Listrik Negara, said it plans to accelerate the construction of new power plants in order to minimize the rolling blackouts in several provinces that have caused huge losses to the business sector. According to Nasri Sebayang, director for construction and renewable energy at PLN, the development of several power plants is currently underway in areas suffering from severe power shortages. “East Kalimantan, Riau, Papua, and Sulawesi are some of the areas that have limited power supplies,” Nasri said, adding that the state-owned company is currently working on a gas-fueled power plant in Senipah, East Kalimantan, which will have a capacity of 82 megawatts.

The province will also be home to a steam-fueled power plant (PLTU), with a capacity of 220 MW, in Teluk Balikpapan. Meanwhile, PLN is close to completing PLTU facilities in Riau and Papua, which will give the residents of both areas more access to electricity. Vickner Sinaga, PLN operation director for East Indonesia, attributed the power shortage felt throughout the eastern region of the country to a rapid growth in demand, which rose by more than 10 percent. The area currently has an electrification ratio of 59.2 percent, while Java and Bali’s ratios stand at roughly 75 percent.

In contrast, former PLN director Dahlan Iskan said the two-day power outages experienced by Jakarta and Tangerang may not necessarily point to a power crisis in the capital and its surrounding areas. The disruptions were caused by a malfunction in the Muara Karang-Gandul power generators, Dahlan explained. “It’s bound to happen sometimes. The blackouts were different compared to those in Sumatra, which is suffering from a deficit,” said Dahlan, who is now the minister of state enterprises. He continued by explaining that Java’s power plants are all connected, which means one system’s failure would automatically disrupt other generators. “The blackouts were not because of power shortages and this can be fixed. But it cannot be done simultaneously.”

The Finance Ministry’s directorate general of budgets said the government’s subsidy budget for energy in this year’s first quarter reached Rp 36.6 trillion ($3.2 billion), comprising Rp 20 trillion for fuel and Rp 16.6 trillion for electricity.

East Kalimantan

East Kalimantan has been relying heavily on the production of oil, gas and coal to support its economy. Both contributed up to 61.3 percent, or Rp 425.4 trillion, to the province’s regional gross domestic product last year, the highest of provinces outside Java. Without them, East Kalimantan’s GDP would only reach Rp 164.6 trillion. With its vast natural resources, the province has become the heart of Indonesia’s energy sector, as evident in the countless number of permits issued by the regional administration to energy and mining companies, both local and foreign, in the past several decades. However, despite being dubbed as the country’s energy supplier, residents of East Kalimantan have not been able to enjoy the energy generated by their own province. Out of a total 200 million metric tons of coal produced every year, only some 0.02 percent have been allocated for the province’s needs.

Several of its major areas — including its capital Samarinda, where the provincial administration is situated; Balikpapan, the business center; and Kutai Kartanegara, the biggest producer of mining products — are still experiencing regular, rolling blackouts. The power disruption has been going on for years, despite public outcry and complaints from the private sector. Conditions did not change even after residents and universities joined forces to file a class action lawsuit.

East Kalimantan Governor Awang Farouk Ishak has asked PLN to let the provincial administration handle its own electricity needs if the state company is still unable to provide sufficient supplies of power to the province. “If [PLN] is unable, please leave it to us. We will build our own power plant. If the regulation allows it, we want to do it immediately. The responsibility [to supply electricity] now lies in the hands of PLN. “I have repeatedly filed a complaint and they have also promised to stop the power outages, but they’re still happening,” Awang lamented.

The governor suggested that the administration should ask mining companies operating in the province, such as Berau Coal, to supply coal for a power plant that the Berau district administration could build as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility program. In addition to coal mining companies, Awang continued, oil palm producers, such as Real Kaltim and Teladan Prima, could also supply energy with biogas by processing their oil palm wastes. Awang added that PLN should have been able to avoid a power shortage if only it had taken into account East Kalimantan’s economic and population growth.

Machnizon Masri, PLN general manager for East and North Kalimantan, agreed that the province was desperately in need of larger supplies of electricity, but promised the crisis would ease in the middle of the year when the company begins operations on three new power plants. However, Machnizon added that these new facilities may not completely solve the province’s power shortage and PLN has plans to construct more power plants in East and North Kalimantan in order to successfully end the crisis by 2017. “Based on our plans, the electricity crisis in East and North Kalimantan will end in 2017. This year three power plants will finish construction and we have plans for several others until 2017. “Power supplies in East and North Kalimantan are expected to reach 1,029 MW by that year. Such a supply would far exceed the residents’ needs, of approximately 632 MW,” he said.

Imam Taufik, spokesman for PLN in East and North Kalimantan, previously said the state company had prepared plans to build 30 power plants until 2022 to cater for the needs of both provinces.

(Source : Globe 15 May 2014)



21 May 2014

The 10th Balikpapan Expo Alerts - Securing Your High Profile Meetings in Advance!

BALIKPAPAN -- Balikpapan is at its busiest month in preparing and welcoming visitors and business travelers to its 10th Balikpapan Expo in 12-14 June 2014 at Balikpapan Sport and Convention Centre (BCSS) Dome precinct. The expo will host two key events that will bring businesses together at the high level conferences and gala dinner.

Local media and goverment officials already expressed many positive insights about the expo whereby it is expected to direct higher investment number than the 9th Balikpapan Expo in 2013 (IDR 22 trillion). The 9th Balikpapan Expo is growing in size of participants and visitors despite the sector's slow growth. Last year the expo hosted 290 companies, 31 countries and 7 thousand visitors.

Successfully attracted 136 FDI in 2013, the expo is planned to diversify its sector by including agrobusiness and forestry in the agenda. A push within these two sectors is apparent after a growing interest from overseas in Balikpapan agrobusiness. An agrobusiness giant stated to open bottled oil plant in Balikpapan last year rolling around US $30-36 million investment value while others are securing to invest in rubber and CPO plantations.

The 10th Balikpapan Expo is set to be business momentum in mining, agrobusiness and forestry in Balikpapan this 2014. Opportunities are limitless. Decision makers are expected to achieve positive targets, where many will include mutually beneficial investment and expansion decisions.

High level move such as this requires extra care in setting and organising appropriate meeting venues. Secure locations equipped with good facilities will improve confidence and credibility in sealing a business portfolio. Grand Sudirman Balikpapan Panin Tower provides the convenience exclusively for tenants planning to participate in the 10th Balikpapan Expo 2014. Meeting vouchers are available to be used during the 12-14 June 2014. Please Contact our Tenant Relation ( for more details on how to obtain the meeting vouchers and book the meeting facilities at Grand Sudirman Balikpapan Panin Tower office suites.



16 April 2014


The government of Indonesia will tender a crude oil refinery construction project in mid April 2014. The oil refinery will be located in Bontang (East Kalimantan) and the project is based on the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme. Susilo Siswoutomo, Indonesia's Deputy Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, said that the government is currently engaged in formulating procedures for submission of the tender bid. The Finance Ministry and Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) are also involved in formulating the terms of reference.

The oil refinery, which is designed to have a production capacity of 300,000 barrels of oil per day (bpd), will be constructed in Bontang because supporting infrastructure in that area is already adequate and it is considered a strategic location in the context of the distribution of crude oil and derivative products. The government has allocated a 700-hectare piece of land to the project.

Investors are invited by the Indonesian government to visit the location in Bontang at the end of March 2014. Reportedly, 38 international investors have already shown interest in the project. In total, the project will require investments worth of - at least - USD $100 million.

Currently, Indonesia has six crude oil refineries, which process a combined 1.03 million bpd:

1. Dumai (Riau); 170,000 bpd
2. Plaju (South Sumatra); 118,000 bpd
3. Cilacap (Central Java); 348,000 bpd
4. Balikpapan (East Kalimantan); 260,000 bpd
5. Balongan (West Java); 125,000 bpd
6. Kasim (West Papua); 10,000 bpd

However, because of a lack of investments in oil exploration, Indonesia's domestic oil production has declined steadily for more than a decade, thus fueling the need for oil imports to meet rapidly increasing domestic oil demand. This puts pressure on the country's trade balance, current account, rupiah exchange rate as well as the government's budget balance (as it continues to subsidize a significant portion of domestic fuel prices).

(Source : Indonesia - Investment.



15 April 2014


BALIKPAPAN – Balikpapan, east Kalimantan’s busiest city is getting ready to receive at least another 16% visitor increase this year after the minted Sepinggan International Airport beginning to operate in full this April 2014 despite an ongoing debate on airport naming. Sepinggan International Airport previously was inundated by 5,6 million people in 2011 and 6,5 million visitor in 2012.

The MP3EI Acceleration Master Plan plays a big role in many advanced infrastructure development at the designated six economic corridors including Kalimantan as part of the eastern region of the republic. The Kalimantan region is expected to fulfill the development of mining and energy and the center for production and processing national mining and energy reserves.

Provincial government of East Kalimantan strategically answer the demand from the master plan by prioritizing infrastructure development to accommodate convenient transportation, residential and accommodation for visitors seeking to do business in Balikpapan. Supported by the Balikpapan municipal council plans to focus on five key infrastructure developments in Business, Education, Health, Transportation and Tourism sectors present attractive opportunities still yet to be explored.

Grand Sudirman Balikpapan, established in 2010, right at the beginning of the MP3EI Acceleration Master Plan is an extended support in Business and Tourism scope offering complete facilities and value added services to short stay and permanent stay visitors from both business and leisure streams through its property complex consisting of office tower, apartment and condotel, and also a four star internationally managed hotel. From the year it was established, Grand Sudirman Balikpapan now hosts around 50 tenants whose business dominated by oil, mining and gas industry.

Major mining related event such as the annual Balikpapan Expo (May 2014) and various tourism events provide the landscape for regular business opportunities available at Balikpapan.

Observing this, the economic development in Balikpapan will certainly spread to the surrounding area and move positively forward together with the increasing interest from businesses keen to expand footprints in Eastern Indonesia’s gateway. (JN)



1 March 2014


We are pleased to welcome Mr. E. Denny Christian as the new GM Property Manager for Grand Sudirman Balikpapan. His most recent duties included managing a property for large business mixed used complex in Jakarta. He will primarily be responsible for business operations and the general management of office tower and Malibu Apartments in Grand Sudirman.

Having an ambitious, driven and with 17 years of experience, a young manager like Christian brings further strength to the Management Team and is a positive sign of the continuing growth of the business in Balikpapan.





Grand Sudirman Tawarkan Investasi Properti


BALIKPAPAN- Pengembang Grand Sudirman, PT. HELINDO, kembali menawarkan investasi properti kepada masyarakat. Kali ini, yang di tawarkan kondominium hotel atau Condotel Malibu. Condotel Malibu terletak di Tower Malibu tepat disamping Tower Hotel Aston.

Terdapat 39 Unit Condotel yang akan di kelola di bawah manajemen Aston Balikpapan. Sebanyak 22 unit dari 39 telah laku terjual. Tinggal 17 unit dengan spesifikasi 2 kamar dan 3 kamar. GM Aston Balikpapan Joko Pitoyo mengatakan, Condotel Malibu akan mulai beroperasi 1 September 2013.

Investasi Condotel Malibu, menurut Joko, lebih menguntungkan dari bunga deposito di berbagai perbankan. “Jika dibandingkan, bagi hasil dari laba Aston Balikpapan, ditaksir di atas suku bunga deposito. Bahkan dahsyatnya lagi, nilai properti tiap tahun meningkat, hingga 25 persen,” Kata Joko.

Unit Condotel Malibu sangat lengkap. Karena harga jual sudah termasuk furniture komplit, mulai sofa, lemari, meja hingga kitchen set. Fasilitasnya juga serba ada. Mulai fitnes center, kolam renang, lapangan tenis, sauna hingga restoran. “penawaran istimewanya, untuk dua tahun pertama 16% laba bisa dinikmati atau diambil di muka,” kata Joko.

Hal senada juga diungkapakan GM Grand Sudirman Harold Lumangkan. Ia menambahkan, nilai plus yang dimiliki unit yang berada di Grand Sudirman adalah keamanan yang terjamin. Letaknya juga di jantung kota Balikpapan,” tambah Harold.

Keinginan manajemen Hotel Aston Balikpapan mengelola Condotel Malibu, karena melihat tingkat hunian tiap tahunnya yang selalu meningkat. “Tahun 2011, okupansi kami di angka 69 persen, 2012 meningkat hingga 85 persen. Karena itulah Hotel Aston masih perlu unit lagi agar semua tamu terlayani,” kata Joko (jaz/dwa)

Kaltim Post, Senin 18 Maret 2013

Update in progress.