TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The Indonesian Regulatory Agency for Upstream Oil and Gas (BPH Migas) claims that the restriction on subsidized fuel sales that began on August 1 has managed to reduced the state consumption of subsidized fuel. On the other hand, non-subsidized fuel sales, including Pertamax and Pertamina Dex, have increased to increase.
Pertamax sales in toll-road gas stations usually only reached 50 kiloliters per day. Since the restriction was imposed, the volume increased to 150 kiloliters per day.
"I was surprised by the increase in non-subsidized fuel sales," BPH Migas committee member Hashim Ibrahim told Tempo yesterday. Based on the record, he said, it is apparent that subsidized gasoline (Premium) and subsidized diesel (Solar) are already being replaced. "We cannot make a full evaluation yet because this has only been going for a week. But the trend is like that," he said.
On August 1, BPH Migas began to gradually restrict the sale of subsidized fuel. Initially, BPH Migas prohibited the sale of Solar diesel at 28 gas stations in Central Jakarta. On August 4, the agency banned 548 gas stations in Java, Sumatra, Bali, and Kalimantan from selling diesel between 8 am and 6 pm. Finally, on August 6, 28 highway gas stations were prohibited from selling premium and Solar.
KHAIRUL ANAM | PRIBADI WICAKSONO | MAYA NAWANGWULAN