TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Three state-owned enterprises, namely PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN), PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry and PT Perusahaan Pelayaran Nasional Indonesia (Pelni), signed a memorandum of understanding on conversion of fuel oil to gas for sea transportation.
The agreement was a part of government's effort to synergize state-owned enterprises in order to optimize domestic products.
"Rupiah [continues to depreciate] and the foreign exchange reserve is under pressure. So, we will try to reduce imports," State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno said.
With the cooperation, Rini added, Pelni would be able to save operational cost since the PGN offer cheaper price for the gas. Currently, about 58 percent of the operational cost is allocated for fuel.
"I want all ships to use gas by January 2016," Rini said.
PGN president director Hendi Prio Santoso said that the MoU signing was an initial step for state-owned enterprises toward synergy.
"In addition, the cooperation will reduce the dependency on fuel imports," he said in Jakarta on Thursday, September 3, 2015.
Furthermore, Hendi explained that supporting infrastructures, such as gas storage bunkers, must be prepared. The PGN has planned to construct gas bunkers near ports or Pelni and ASDP's assets.