The Jakarta Post
State-owned energy holding company Pertamina has prepared 99 fuel stations along trans-Java and trans-Sumatra toll roads to meet the needs of homebound travelers during the Idul Fitri exodus in the coming days.
The government projects that some 400,000 vehicles will pass through the highways on Java and Sumatra, most of which were constructed in the last four years as part of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s infrastructure program.
Pertamina retail marketing director Mas'ud Khamid said the company had prepared 800 fuel stations along the toll and conventional roads, including those in northern coastal areas of Java and those in the southern coastal area.
“We have enough gas pumps to serve 570,000 vehicles, meaning that we have enough for an extra 170,000 vehicles,” said Mas’ud in Jakarta on Monday, as quoted by kontan.co.id, adding that each gas station could serve 24,000 vehicles per hour on average.
He estimated that fuel consumption would increase about 15 percent nationally, while on Java alone, consumption was estimated to increase by 30 to 40 percent because most cities would be destinations for homebound travelers. (bbn)