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RI to mix coal-based DME, LPG as cooking gas to reduce imports

  • Norman Harsono

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 28 2020   /  01:00 am
A Pertamina employee refills a 3 kilogram LPG canister in South Kalimantan on Tuesday (31/3). Daily consumption of the subsidized canisters, dubbed "melons" for their light green color and round shape, grew 1 percent to 22,117 tons since Indonesia implemented a Work From Home (WFH) policy.(Pertamina/Pertamina)

The government is looking to mix coal-based dimethyl ether (DME) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) as cooking gas in an effort to reduce Indonesia’s dependence on imported LPG. The country has long sought to replace the LPG with DME as a cooking fuel, but new official studies have revealed a key limitation with the plan. Read also: Govt to slash diesel subsidy 50%, generate trillions in 2021 savings The studies found that, compared to LPG, burning DME was less pollutive but also much less hot, which meant the cooking time was up to 20 percent longer, Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry research and development head Dadan Kusdiana told reporters at a press briefing on Wednesday. Thus, mixing 80 percent LPG with 20 percent DME was the ideal ratio to maximize retail economics, he said, summarizing the studies that were carried out between 2017 and 2020. “If we m...