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Jakarta Post

Agents costly for one-price fuel policy

  • Viriya P. Singgih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 9 2016   /  08:51 am

Nanang Kristanto was pessimistic. The Jayapura-based civil servant said the government’s newly launched one-price fuel policy would hardly affect fuel prices in remote regions across Papua and West Papua, as illegal gasoline sellers were dominating those areas.

“Official gas stations in Jayapura, whether in Waena or Sentani, only operate until 7 p.m. After that, we can only rely on street sellers, who often double Premium gasoline prices from Rp 10,000 [76 US cents] to Rp 15,000,” said Nanang.

He also said the situations were worse in remote areas near the border of Papua and Papua New Guinea (PNG), such as in Keerom regency, in which fuel prices could be much more expensive depending on how far the area is from urban centers.

In Senggi district, for instance, premium gas sold by street sellers could reach Rp 50,000 to Rp 60,000. “I guess the new policy has y...