Jakarta. Members of House of Representatives Commission VII, led by deputy chairman Herman Khaeron, visited the Sentosa Perdana housing complex in Batam, Riau Islands Province, on Monday (30/04) to review residential locations connected to the natural gas network.
"We plan to visit the homes of residents connected to the gas network and ask community members their opinions on the use of natural gas," Herman said.
The lawmakers were accompanied by Dilo Seno Widagdo, director of infrastructure and technology at state-owned gas utility company Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN), and Joko Siswanto, director general of oil and gas at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
The Energy Ministry assigned PGN to develop and operate the gas network at the Sentosa Perdana housing complex in Batuaji, Dilo said.
He explained that 4,004 households in Batam are connected to the 55-kilometer-long gas network, which spans 16 neighborhoods. The project, funded from the state budget, was initiated in 2016.
PGN provides 1,505 million standard cubic feet of natural gas per day to 196,221 customers in various sectors, including factories and power plants, hotels, restaurants, hospitals and small and medium enterprises, as well as households in North Sumatra, Riau Islands, Riau, South Sumatra, Lampung, Jakarta, West Java, Banten, Central Java, East Java, North Kalimantan and Papua.
PGN is the only company in Indonesia that distributes natural gas. It currently owns and operates 80 percent, or 7,453 km of the national downstream natural gas pipeline network.
"PGN will continue to vigorously develop natural gas infrastructure in Indonesia to encourage the more efficient and environmentally friendly use of natural gas by the Indonesian community," Dilo said.