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Gasoline in Wamena soars to Rp 50k per liter

  • Nethy Dharma Somba

    The Jakarta Post

Jayapura   /   Mon, September 25, 2017   /   01:20 pm
Gasoline in Wamena soars to Rp 50k per liter Zibali Hisbul, the retail market manager of Pertamina's Marketing Operation Region (MOR) VIII, fills up a resident's motorcycle in May 2017, during the opening of the Kompak Gas Station in Obano village in Paniai, Papua. (Courtesy of Pertamina's Marketing Operation Region (MOR) VIII Maluku Papua/file)

Despite President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s one-price fuel policy in Papua implemented on Oct. 18, 2016, the price of subsidized Premium gasoline has continued to soar over the past three weeks in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency.

The retail price for Premium gas initially rose to Rp 13,000 (US$1) per liter from the normal price of Rp 6,450 per liter, but has recently increased again to Rp 50,000 per liter.

“The price could even rise to Rp 75,000 per liter at night,” Deny, a Wamena resident, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

Read also: Pertamina struggles to put policy into action

In response, the Jayawijaya Police have deployed its “one-price fuel monitoring team” to look into the matter, as they said there were no issues in the fuel supply from state-owned energy firm PT. Pertamina.

“This is the highest retail price found since the one-price policy was launched. Usually, the retail price rises no higher than Rp 10,000 per liter,” Jayawijaya Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Yan Piet Reba told the Post, adding that the police would bring to account any individuals found to be hoarding fuel.

Aviation company PT Trigana Air Service has stated it would increase the daily volume of fuel it transports to Wamena.

“Normally, we transport 280 barrels of fuel, comprising kerosene, diesel fuel and gasoline. Because of reports of soaring fuel prices, we will increase the volume to 500 barrels,” Trigana marketing officer Ade told the Post. (bbs)