TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Fahmi Harsandono Matori, the Deputy chief of the Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas), said the consumption of non-subsidized fuels at gas stations on toll roads has increased. The increase comes after a series of restrictions concerning the sales of a subsidized fuel, known locally as Premium, were put in place.
“Of course the consumption has risen, but the exact numbers are still unknown. Consumption of non-subsidized fuel has increased because consumers who initially wanted to fill up with Premium were forced to buy non-subsidized fuels instead, such as Pertamax,” Fahmi told Tempo on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.
According to Fahmi, his officials have yet to study and evaluate the overall impact of the restrictions on the distribution of subsidized fuels. The restrictions took effect after the government and the House agreed to trim the quota of subsidized fuels from 48 million to 46 million kiloliters.
Fahmi also reaffirmed that the restrictions were temporary and would only last until the end of December 2014.