Pontianak, January 16, 2020 - The progress of the sea side development of the Kijing Terminal in Mempawah District, West Kalimantan has reached 43 percent. This progress is in accordance with the planned time calculation, so that the Kijing Terminal as one of the National Strategic Projects can start operating this year.
“With this achievement, the construction of phase I of the Kijing Terminal will be completed in 2020,” Elvyn G. Masassya, President Director of PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Persero) / IPC said when reviewing the construction of the Kijing Terminal in Mempawah, West Kalimantan, Thursday (1/17).
The construction of Kijing Terminal Phase I includes a container terminal on the sea side covering an area of 1000 meters x 100 meters, an operational field on the land side, and a trestle (connecting road) along approximately 3.5 Kilometers.
Kijing Terminal is part of the Pontianak Port. This terminal is developed with the concept of a digital port, which is equipped with modern loading and unloading equipment. As a hub, the Kijing Terminal was built with a draft depth of 15 meters below sea level. With that depth, large ships can dock and load and unload to maximize the potential of Kalimantan's natural resources, especially West Kalimantan.
Once fully completed, the Kijing Terminal is projected to be able to handle container loading and unloading of 1.95 million TEUs per year. For liquid terminals, the capacity reaches 12.1 million tons per year. Dry bulk capacity reaches 15 million tons per year, while the multipurpose terminal capacity is 1 million tons per year.
West Kalimantan ranks fifth out of 6 national palm production centers, with a contribution of around 7% of national production. Especially for rubber, in 2016 the production of community plantations in West Kalimantan reached 261 thousand tons. Taking into account the geography, connectivity and uptake of existing rubber from West Kalimantan, it is assumed that the volume of rubber reaching Kijing originates from potential districts in the vicinity, namely Sambas, Bengkayang, Hedgehog, Mempawah, Sanggau, Sintang, Sekadau, and Singkawang City.
"With the huge capacity of each terminal, the Kijing Terminal will be able to accommodate a variety of superior commodities in West Kalimantan, especially for export purposes,” Elvyn explained.
To support the operation of the Kijing Terminal, IPC, with the permission of the West Kalimantan Provincial Government and Mempawah Regency Government, relocated 2.6 kilometers of national roads that cross the port area. IPC then constructed a new 6 kilometer road to facilitate the flow of vehicle traffic, which does not interfere with port operations. "As a hub port, Kijing Terminal will be the main gate for export / import of goods to and from Kalimantan. Therefore, access must be made in and out of the port area that does not interfere with public transport roads,” Elvyn said.