Pertamina has set up kiosks where customers can buy Pertamax fuel in containers. (Antara Photo/Risky Andrianto)

Pertamina Sees Demand for Pertamax, Pertalite Doubling During Holiday Exodus

BY :TABITA DIELA

JULY 04, 2016

Jakarta. State-owned energy company Pertamina has prepared a larger fuel reserve to cope with increased demand during the Idul Fitri holiday, which is expected to see the consumption of unsubsidized fuels nearly doubling.

Pertamina corporate communication vice president Wianda Pusponegoro said the company now has enough gasoline and diesel fuel reserves for 20 days to supply the 2.4 million cars and 5.6 million motorcycles the government estimated would hit the road for the homecoming season this year.

"We see the highest increase in demand for Pertalite Pertamax this year. It is very significant," Wianda Pusponegoro told the Jakarta Globe on Monday (04/07), referring to the company's RON 90 and RON 92 gasolines.

The average daily demand for Pertalite reached 14,900 kiloliters as of Saturday, or nearly double the normal daily demand of 7,150 kiloliters. The daily demand for Pertamax increased 157 percent to 15,900 kiloliters in the same period.

"People choose Pertalite and Pertamax due to its lower price and an easier access along their routes," Wianda said.

The company has also put a strategy in place to make sure its customers will not run out of fuel even when they are stuck in traffic jams.

Wianda said Pertamina has put tanker trucks with capacities of up to 40,000 liters each at gas stations as a backup measure to ensure stock availability. Customers can also download Pertamina's smartphone application that helps them locate the nearest gas station.

"With the opening of the new Cipali toll road [which connects Cikopo in Purwakarta, West Java, and Palimanan in Cirebon, Central Java] and a toll road that connects Pejagan in Brebes and Pemalang in Central Java, it is our duty [to ensure the availability of fuel]," she said.

Pertamina has opened seven temporary Pertamax kiosks along the North Java coastal road — also known as Jalur Pantura — which connects Merak, Banten, and Banyuwangi, East Java. The company has also set up three kiosks along Java's southern coast, Wianda said. Customers can buy Pertamax fuel in containers at a "slightly higher price" from these kiosks, where trained officers will dispense the fuel into customers' vehicles.

"The fuel is highly flammable, so we can't allow customers to buy extra supplies to store in their cars," she said.

Pertamax is normally sold at Rp 7,350 per liter (55 US cents) in Jakarta and Rp 7,450 per liter in Central Java. The canned version is sold at around Rp 7,850 per liter.

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