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Thai energy giant PTT to sell RI palm business
Thailand’s PTT PCL said on Monday it would sell its palm-oil business in Indonesia for an undisclosed sum by June next year, as the top Thai energy company moves to divest non-core operations, Reuters reported from Bangkok.
Kalimantan Thailand Palm Pte Ltd., a subsidiary of PTT’s wholly owned PTT Green Energy Pte Ltd., would sell its 95 percent holding of PT Mitra Aneka Rezeki to PT Prasada Jaya Mulia, the Thai energy giant said in a statement.
State-controlled PTT bought stakes in oil palm plantations and processing operations in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan region in 2008 as it expanded into environmentally friendlier sources of energy.
It set up PTT Green Energy to buy the 95 percent stake for US$14.7 million in February 2008. The Indonesian unit is licensed to cultivate 14,000 hectares of oil palm.
PTT is currently restructuring. It plans to sell its 27.22 percent stake in oil refiner Bangchak Petroleum PCL (BCP.BK), dilute its 36 percent holding in Star Petroleum Refining Co. via a public offering and list its power unit on the Thai bourse. 

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By David Swartzentruber      

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