Located in the eastern coast of the island of Borneo, Balikpapan is located in East Kalimantan (Kalimantan Timur). As the second largest city in East Kalimantan after Samarinda, Balikpapan is also one of the biggest seaport city on the east coast of the island of Borneo. Balikpapan is also know as City of Oil.
With population over 700,000 and large number of expatriates from US, Europe, and Australia, Balikpapan serves as the center regional economic, from tourism, commercial to industrial. Balikpapan is at it’s heart of timber, mining, oil and petroleum export products town, making it as one of the most developed cities in Indonesia. Although with high industrial and as emerging city, it still inherited it’s cultural roots.
DEEPER LOOK of BALIKPAPAN
As one the busiest city in East Kalimantan, Balikpapan has become major investor destination as companies and supporting businesses, like mining and oil business. While it serves as the regional headquaters of several major international business needs, it also supported by some of transit and transportation facility, like Sepinggan International Airport, Semayang Ocean Harbor, and Kariangau industrial & cargo terminal seaport.
SEPINGGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Formerly known as Sepinggan Airport, Sepinggan International Airport is the main air transportation services in East Kalimantan. Located about 4.5 km east of Balikpapan, it serves both domestic and international flights. With new building and runway structure, replacing old structure on the same site. With planned board terminal over 100.000 square feet, it capables of containing over 10 millions passenger each year.
SEMAYANG OCEAN HARBOR
With an area of 7 hectares and 500 metres width dock, used to be the largest seaport - passenger and cargo to Balikpapan city. This seaport is strategically positioned in a bay opposite the Makassar straits where there is interconnection of domestic and international sea routes. It serves commercial boats to many destinations to Indonesia including Jakarta, Makassar, Manado, Pare Pare and Surabaya.
KARIANGAU INDUSTRIAL & CARGO TERMINAL SEAPORT
Used to be ferry harbor to Penajam City. Now with terminal occupies an area of 72.5 hectares, with a capacity of 250,000 twenty-foot equivalent units, this seaport is the largest industrial & cargo terminal seaport in East Kalimantan. Located in the heart of industrial area, it has offered invaluable support to Asean an Asia companies that rely on Distribution Centre (DC) in Balikpapan East Kalimantan. Unveiled by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in November 2012, this area planned to be regional hub for distribution to regional countries in Asean.