The average stock resistance of all types of fuel products in the period, he said, was 15.1 days, while for Avtur was 16.6 days, and LPG was six days
Makassar (ANTARA) - The Pertamina Marketing Operation Region (MOR) VII of Sulawesi has made assurance that the stocks of fuel oil (BBM) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) are safe for the Ramadhan 1440 or 2019.

"Pertamina is set to offer optimal services to the community by maintaining resilient stocks and making preparations for managing the distribution of BBM and LPG as a precautionary measure to handle a hike in demand during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr this year," Unit Manager Communication and CSR MOR VII Hatim Ilwan noted in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Thursday.

Ilwan noted that Pertamina MOR VII has maintained safe stocks of BBM and LPG in Sulawesi during fasting and Eid between May and June 5 this year.

Ilwan explained that BBM and LPG consumption during the fasting month and Eid al-Fitr is estimated to, by and large, spike, with that for subsidized premium fuel rising 1.7 percent than the normal daily average, while a drop of 2.2 percent for diesel type compared to the regular daily average; aviation turbine (Avtur) fuel, rising 2.8 percent; and non-PSO fuel estimated to hike by 3.3 percent than the normal daily average.

The consumption of subsidized LPG (PSO) shot up 9.4 percent than the typical daily average, and Non-PSO LPG rising 4.6 percent from the usual daily average.

"The average stock resilience of all fuel products during the period was 15.1 days, while it was 16.6 days for Avtur, and six days for LPG," he stated.

Ilwan noted that for Ramadhan and Eid al-Fitr Task Force (Satgas), Pertamina MOR VII was set up for monitoring the availability of BBM and service preparedness for the consumers. The post will be operational from H-15 to H+15 or between May 21 and June 20, 2019.

Pertamina MOR VII has taken several measures to ascertain unhindered distribution of BBM and LPG, including through the services offered by 16 priority gas stations operating round-the-clock.

The gas stations are mainly on the homecoming and backflow routes, starting from H-15 to H+15, along the Trans-Sulawesi Axis line (Makassar, Maros, Sidrap, Pinrang, Bulukumba, Mamuju, Toraja, Donggala, Bau-Bau, Kendari, Tomohon and Bitung).

"Instructions have been issued to all 480 gas stations in Sulawesi to ensure better services by offering supporting facilities necessary to customers going back and forth, such as mosques, toilets, and ATMs," he revealed.

Furthermore, with sanitation and comfort on top priority, emphasis has also been laid on boosting the sales service of BBK products -- Pertamax Series and DEX Series -- in packaging along the homecoming route.

Furthermore, Pertamina MOR VII has readied a Mobile Dispenser, basically a Tank Car containing BBM products for serving direct sales from tankers to customers.

He explained that preparations were necessary to increase the tanker fleet in Sulawesi as a precautionary measure against a spike in fuel demand, with 334 units and 989 crew members on standby for facilitating fuel distribution during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr 1440.

Pertamina MOR VII has also readied the RAE pattern (Regular Alternative on Emergency) to overcome any problems arising in the distribution of BBM and LPG at certain supply locations.

Moreover, coordination is being established with Hiswana Migas, the regional government, police officers, and other relevant agencies to ensure a secure and conducive environment to maintain the smooth distribution of fuel.

"Pertamina has continued to make steady efforts to meet the BBM and LPG demand of Indonesians, particularly those traveling to help them in following their fasting ritual and mark this year's Eid al-Fitr in a smooth and solemn manner," he noted.

These efforts are aimed at offering greater convenience to consumers and travelers. The community is expected to actively partake in ensuring optimal BBM and LPG services.

Any obstacles arising in the distribution of BBM and LPG can be notified to the Pertamina Call Center through contact number 135.

Translator: Eliswan Azly
Editor: Suharto
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