Jakarta (ANTARA) - House of Representatives (DPR RI) Commission VI legislator Aria Bima urged state-owned oil company Pertamina to anticipate a possible surge in fuel demand during the Eid al-Fitr homecoming period expected next April.

"There is a high probability that if the COVID-19 situation continues to improve, then there will be a surge in the residents' movement during the Eid homecoming period," Bima noted in his statement here on Tuesday.

Movement restrictions enforced by the government during the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years have caused a decline in fuel consumption, as residents could not return to their hometowns during the Eid al-Fitr holiday period, he noted.

The legislator remarked that with the improving COVID-19 situation, the demand for fuel from residents, who could return home again after two years, must be the focus of Pertamina that should monitor residents' fuel consumption patterns to prevent scarcity or long queues at petrol stations.

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Earlier, President Director of the Pertamina subsidiary company Pertamina Patra Niaga, Alfian Nasution, noted that relaxation of movement restrictions and travel regulations have encouraged residents to perform the homecoming tradition during the Eid al-Fitr holiday period.

The national economy that recorded a 5.2-percent growth by the end of 2021 also boosted economic activities among residents during the Eid period, he added.

"To anticipate the possible fuel demand surge during the Eid homecoming period, Pertamina has assured its fuel and gas supply are in a stable condition, and we have also readied all infrastructures," Nasution stated.

He noted that Pertamina had projected the sale of Pertalite fuel (RON 90) to increase by 1.2 percent and Pertamax fuel (RON 92) by 14.8 percent during the period.

In contrast, the sale of Pertamax Turbo fuel (RON 98) is projected to decline by five percent; diesel Solar and Dexlite fuel, five-percent drop; and Pertamina Dex fuel, four-percent decline, the president director noted.

The projected increase in the sale of Pertamax fuel is due to the travellers' preference to use the fuel during the homecoming period, he added.

"The highest surge by 14.8 percent is projected for Pertamax because travellers usually preferred Pertamax fuel during the homecoming period," Nasution stated.
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Translator: Sugiharto P, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Suharto
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