TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The state oil and gas company, Pertamina, has raised the price of 12 kg tanks of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) on Wednesday, September 10, 2014. The notice came into effect on 00:00 Jakarta time, and raised the price of LPG by Rp1,500 per kilogram or Rp18,000 per tank throughout Indonesia.
Pertamina’s Marketing and Sales Director, Hanung Budya, said that the price hike is done in accordance to the directives of the government and will be implemented in stages. “The government has approved it. Pertamina has just received the new price and the dates from the government,” said Hanung at his office.
Hanung said that the prices will ultimately differ at retail levels by around Rp21,000 to Rp22,000 per tank, because different retailers charge their customers with different delivery fees.
12 kg tanks of elpiji now costs Rp7,569 per kilogram, up from its previous price of Rp6,069 by Rp1,500. Average retail rates have jumped from Rp7,731 to Rp9,519 per kilogram - pushing the average price from Rp92,800 to Rp114,300 per 12 kg tanks.
The government has given Pertamina permission to raise the price of 12 kg LPG tanks. The Coordinating Minister for the Economy Chairul Tanjung, said that the technical operation will be left for Pertamina to decided. “Pertamina should know how to raise the prices without burdening our citizens too much,” said he said. However, Chairul also said that he hopes the price hikes will be done in phases and with the appropriate socialization.
AYU PRIMA SANDI