Jakarta (ANTARA) - State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina CEO Nicke Widyawati continued to monitor the stocks and distributions of subsidized three-kg liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) canisters across Indonesia.

The monitoring was conducted on Saturday through Pertamina's Integrated Enterprise Data and Command Center (PIEDCC) and a video conference with all of the company's general managers of marketing operations, she said.

The video conference was aimed at checking the supplies and distributions of the subsidized LPG canisters and ensuring that all problems on the ground could be solved, she said in a statement on Sunday.

According to the PIEDCC's records, the stocks and supplies of the subsidized gas canisters have so far been sufficient, but distributions in several regions need to be supervised cautiously, she said.

To this end, Widyawati highlighted the importance of maintaining good collaboration and coordination with the regional governments to ensure the sufficient availability of the subsidized gas canister supplies.

On Friday, PT Pertamina Patra Niaga confirmed that it had provided an additional stock of up to 700,000 three-kg gas canisters to meet increased demand in several regions.

The regions that benefited from the additional stocks comprised North Sumatra, Bangka Belitung Islands, Bengkulu, East Kalimantan, and South Kalimantan, as well as all provinces in Sulawesi Island.

Pertamina Patra Niaga's Corporate Secretary Irto Ginting said the company recorded a two-percent increase in consumption of these subsidized gas cylinders in July as compared to that recorded in the previous month.

The increased consumption that exceeded the company's quota occurred following several religious festivities and the long holidays, he noted, adding that Pertamina has responded immediately to deal with the condition.

"First, we coordinate with local governments whose regions potentially need the additional stocks. By doing so, we are able to meet their demands, accelerate distribution, or conduct market operations," he stated.

Second, the company continues to work closely with the police in anticipation of misuses of the subsidized liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) canisters, Ginting remarked.

"We do appreciate the police's crackdowns on perpetrators in Karawang (West Java) and Padang (West Sumatra)," he noted.

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