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Jakarta Post

Pertamina secures fuel and household gas supply as more people stay home

  • Norman Harsono
    Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 4, 2020   /   01:03 pm
Pertamina secures fuel and household gas supply as more people stay home A Pertamina employee refills a 3 kilogram gas canister in South Kalimantan on March 31. (Pertamina/Pertamina)

Pertamina has guaranteed that domestic supplies of fuel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) remain secure, even as the state-owned oil and gas company implements a “work from home” policy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company said its stock of diesel and gasoline, including the highly demanded Pertalite gasoline brand, could last more than 22 days, which was “ a safe level”, Pertamina spokeswoman Fajriyah Usman said. Pertamina has also secured supply for its LPG cooking canisters for 16 days, which was adequate for intensified household activities as many people remained at home following restrictions in public spaces to counter the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

“We’ve maintained fuel stock at more than 22 days even though, throughout the work from home period, nationwide daily fuel consumption has fallen 16 percent to 113 million liters,” she said on Friday.

“We will continue to monitor rising demand for 3 kilogram LPG canisters.”

She also noted that daily use of subsidized gas canisters had risen 1 percent to 22,117 tons since many regions across the country implemented work from home policies.

Pertamina is among state-owned energy enterprises, including electricity company PLN, that have pledged supply stability for customers during the pandemic in a bid to avoid mass social unrest.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo declared a public health emergency over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and deaths across the country.

As of Friday, Indonesia has reported 1,986 confirmed cases, with a death toll reaching 181.