Indonesian state energy giant Pertamina is hooking up with Japanese partners Inpex, Osaka Gas Co and JGC Holdings Corp to explore the feasibility of producing bio-methane from palm oil mill effluent (POME) with a view to using this for domestic supply and marine bunkering.

The quartet have signed up to a joint study agreement under which they will cooperate on the research and development of technologies and solutions on the production of bio-methane from POME resources located in Sumatra and Kalimantan.