The Jakarta Post
State-owned energy holding company Pertamina says the consumption of high-octane Pertamax fuel has increased significantly during the ongoing Idul Fitri exodus as people were trying to maintain the best performance of their vehicles.
The increase of consumption of high-quality fuels was found in Yogyakarta and Central Java, major destinations of travelers who wanted to celebrate Idul Fitri in their home towns.
Iin Febrian, the general manager of Pertamina’s marketing operations in Central Java and Yogyakarta, said that in the three days before Idul Fitri on June 5 the consumption of Pertamax-branded gasoline increased by 34 percent.
“Meanwhile, the consumption of Pertamax Turbo [gasoline] grew by 120 percent,” Iin said on Monday as quoted by tempo.co, adding that the purchase of Pertamax Dex diesel fuel increased by 44 percent.
Iin said people were willing to spend more on high-quality fuels to give special treatment to their vehicles during the long journey.
She said Pertamax was good for long journeys because it was superior in several ways: Vehicles consumed less fuel, it was good for car engines and it was more environmentally friendly.
A Pertamina communications and CSR manager, Andar Titi Lestari, said the company had allocated adequate stocks of fuel to meet the high demand during the exodus.
There are 700 fuel stations in Central Java and 109 in Yogyakarta, while along the trans-Java toll road in Central Java, Pertamina operates six regular fuel stations, 15 kiosks and five mobile dispensers. (bbn)