A shortage of subsidized Premium-brand fuel in fuel service station network is being faced, across many parts of the country, confirmed Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arcandra Tahar.
“We realize the Premium scarcity. There is a shortage in supply from Pertamina,” Arcandra said, adding that the Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) had valid data on the shortage.
The reason for the shortage however, was left unexplained, with the Minister saying that Pertamina would explain the technical details. “But we and BPH Migas confirm the shortage in a number of regions,” he said, adding that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had instructed Pertamina to maintain an adequate supply of non-subsidized fuels in all parts of the country.
BPH Migas committee member Hendri Achmad had earlier said that there were two reasons for the Premium scarcity. Since the company wanted to maintain the existing Premium quota to the end of 2018, Pertamina had initially intended on reducing the supply to certain regions. Fuel stations received a smaller margin from selling Premium, so they intentionally reduced the stock of Premium as they preferred to sell non-subsidized fuel -- Pertalite and Pertamax. Source: Jakarta Post PWKD11042018