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Jakarta Post

Pertamina ensures fuel availability for Ramadhan

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 16, 2018   /   03:32 pm
Pertamina ensures fuel availability for Ramadhan Idul Fitri vacationers throng a road along the northern Java coast in Tegal, Central Java, during the seasonal exodus last year in this file photograph. (ANTARA FOTO/Oky Lukmansyah)

The government is anticipating a jump in fuel consumption during the month of Ramadhan, which will start on Thursday, according to state-owned energy firm Pertamina.

The company estimates gasoline demand to rise by 15 percent to 90,000 kiloliters (kl) per day. Consumption of the subsidized Solar diesel fuel, however, is estimated to decrease by 12 percent to 32,300 kl per day during the fasting month, due to a restriction placed on trucks mandating that they are not allowed to operate in the week leading up to Idul Fitri.

Pertamina has prepared an additional stock of subsidized Premium-branded gasoline, whose consumption was estimated to surge by 7 percent to around 27,000 kl per day, Pertamina logistics, supply chain and infrastructure director Gandhi Sriwododo said in a press briefing on Wednesday.

“I believed that our fuel stock is more than enough, so no need to worry,” he said.

He added that the company’s subsidized liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) reserve was also in check and enough for 17 days’ consumption, more than the required national gas stock of 11 days’ consumption.

Gandhi said Pertamina had prepared for a surge in the country’s demand for Premium by importing the gasoline three months prior to Ramadhan, while the domestic production of Solar would be enough to cover demand for diesel.

He assured that the company’s fuel availability would be enough as its current reserves for Premium, Solar and other types of gasoline are sufficient enough to last 27 days, 24 days and 25 days, respectively.

Its reserve of Dexlite-branded diesel fuel, meanwhile, is enough for 20 days. (bbn)