The Jakarta Post
A ship sent by state-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina from Somber Seaport in Balikpapan arrived in Pantoloan Seaport in Palu on Saturday to deliver liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in 5,040 3-kilogram canisters.
Pertamina marketing operation region VI Kalimantan communications and CSR manager Yudi Nugraha said the landing craft tank (LCT) ship arrived in Palu after traveling for 46 hours from the East Kalimantan capital city.
He said Pertamina had previously sent 750 5.5-kg and 12-kg LPG canisters to the areas affected by the earthquakes and tsunami.
Because of its close location to Palu, Balikpapan had been used as a center for sending various kinds of assistance, not only from the government, but also from other organizations, he said, adding that Pertamina did not only focus on sending fuel and LPG, but also other forms of assistance.
“At the national level, we have deployed our team members to support the recovery process. We in Balikpapan are trying to accelerate the recovery of fuel and LPG supply to the operators,” Yudi said in a statement received on Monday.
Yudi explained that four LPG filling and transporting stations in Palu had already fully recovered.
The stations are ready to distribute LPG to Palu, Donggala, Sigi, Parigi Moutong and Poso, he said, adding that the support from Balikpapan was to assure the people that the LPG stocks were adequate to fulfill the market demand. Yudi said Pertamina planned to send another ship from Balikapan to transport LPG to be distributed through market operation. (bbn)