Jakarta. Pertamina's Pertalite fuel has been made available in Medan, North Sumatera, for the first time this week.
Zainal Abidin, a spokesman for the state-owned energy company, said ten gas stations in Medan and its immediate surroundings are offering Pertalite, adding: "We hope the number will keep growing.”
Pertalite is now available in 884 outlets throughout the country. But Zainal said Pertamina plans to have 1,500 by the end of this year.
Pertamina is selling the RON90 Pertalite at a lower price than the higher-octane fuel Pertamax (RON92) and Pertamax Plus (RON95).
Pertamina sells Pertalite at a range of Rp 8,400 to Rp 8,300 per liter, while Pertamax is sold at slightly more than Rp 10,000 per liter.
Pertamina wants Pertalite's market share to increase to 17 percent by the end of the year, from 13.5 percent now.
Users of Premium, a subsidized low-octane gasoline (RON88), are starting to shift to Pertalite. Premium's market share is down to 67.5 percent from almost 80 percent before the launch of Pertalite.