A Pertamina employee serves a customer at the Coco Plaju gas station in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Feb. 20. (Antara Photo/Nova Wahyudi).
Pertamina Guarantees Fuel and Gas Supply During Covid-19 Outbreak
BY :RANGGA PRAKOSO
MARCH 16, 2020
Jakarta. State-run oil company Pertamina has assured the public it has enough supply of fuel and liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, to last the coronavirus outbreak. Pertamina says it keeps enough fuel and LPG for 20 days at any given time. It has also said that all of its gas stations will continue to run normally during the outbreak.
Pertamina's corporate communication vice president, Fajriyah Usman, said Pertamina guarantees there will be enough fuel and LPG for everyone in the country as it battles the spread of Covid-19.
"As a state-owned company, Pertamina controls the supply, refinery, distribution and marketing of oil and gas. We will ensure fuel and LPG distribution throughout the country remains uninterrupted," Fajriyah said in Jakarta on Monday.
However, Fajriyah also urged people to use fuel and LPG wisely as long as the Covid-19 outbreak lasts. Those who can afford it are expected to buy non-subsidized fuel and LPG.
"People should remain calm and buy fuel and LPG according to their needs. All gas stations and LPG agents will continue to operate normally," she said.
Pertamina also appealed to the public to report any service irregularities to the local authorities or Pertamina's 135 hotline.
According to Fajriyah, Pertamina has been checking body temperature, cleaning and spraying disinfectants in work areas, providing facemasks and hand sanitizers and monitoring employees who recently traveled to countries with Covid-19 cases to help prevent the spread of the disease, which has so far killed five Indonesians.
Pertamina has also reduced out-of-office activities, postponed business trips and told staff to improve their hygiene.
"Pertamina will do its utmost to prevent the spread of coronavirus among our employees and customers. And we remain committed to guarantee energy supply in the country, so there's no panic," Fajriyah said.