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    Sunday, December 7, 2014

    PGN Ready to Increase Number of Gas Refieling Stations

    Tobapos -- State-owned gas distributor company (PGN) is ready to increase the number of its gas refueling stations (SPBG) to support the government's fuel oil-to-gas conversion program.

    PGN Spokesman Irwan Andri said here on Sunday his side was optimistic that fuel oil-to-gas conversion would develop following the government's decision to raise subsidized fuel prices on November 18, 2014.

    "The increase in the fuel oil prices will encourage consumers to switch to using gas," he said.

    According to Irwan, the price of gas per premium-gasoline equal liter is only Rp3,100 while the price of premium gasoline is Rp8,500 per liter and diesel oil is Rp7,500 per liter.

    "With a far price difference, gas will become an alternative energy for the people," he said.

    Irwan explained that the PGN would carry out two ways in increasing the number of its SPBGs. Firstly, it will develop an online pipe distribution system and a mobile refueling unit (MRU) system.

    Currently, the PGN has three units of SPBGs which consists of three online stations operating in Ketapang, Bekasi and Bogor and four MRU operating in the National Monument area, Pluit dam, Cawang and Cengkareng.

    The other SPBGs which will operate soon this month (December) are located in Surabaya (East Java) and Cilegon (Banten).

    "We supply gas to SPBG partners in Jakarta," Irwan stated.

    Later, he said, his company is planning to expand the areas of its coverage by developing additional SPBGs in a number of regions such as Jakarta, Bogor, Bekasi (West Java), Surabaya (East Java), Cilegon (Banten) and Batam (Riau Island).

    Secondly, the PGN will increase the number of its SPBGs by developing integrated stations with public fuel refilling stations (SPBU), he said.

    Irwan said that PGN is ready to partner with the owners of SPBUs whose locations are near to PGN's gas pipeline distribution networks.

    "Currently, there are 73 SPBUs in Jakarta whose locations are near to PGN's pipeline distribution networks. Later, PGN will install gas dispenser facilities at the SPBUs so that consumers can refuel gas there," the PGN spokesman stated.

    Earlier, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the government would develop many gas infrastructure facilities like pipelines and SPBGs to support the government's gas-for-transportation scheme.

    In the meantime, Minister of State-owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno has asked the PGN to cooperate with SPBU owners to accelerate the program for increasing the number of SPBGs.

    "We are ready to support the fuel-to-gas conversion program and welcome the request of the minister," Irwan added. (ant/adm)

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