The fuel oil deport owned by state owned company PT. Pertamina was reported to be built in this year, an information obtained from the provincial administration office said here on Tuesday.
Haeruddin Anas, a spokesman for the administration office, said the local government had actually prepared about two hectares of land for the construction of the depot, the location of which is close to Belang Belang Mamuju port area.
"Pertamina was reported to have agreed with the depot construction and a feasibility study on the location will be conducted in a relatively short time, he said.
According to him, the construction of the depot in West Sulawesi was to be carried out in a bid to the province`s rising demand for in fuel oil which was directly procured from Pertamina depot in Pare-pare, South Sulawesi.
"So far, fuel oil for West Sulawesi is supplied by Pare-pare depot, the distance of which is about 300 kilometers long from Mamuju city.
Hence, the construction of fuel oil depot in West Sulawesi will ease the people in that province in getting fuel oil for their needs. Practically they will no longer be dependent on supply from Pare pare.
As a matter of fact, the construction of fuel oil depot in West Sulawesi aimed to meet rising demand from several industries in Belang Belang Mamuju port and other areas for fuel oil, he said
In addition, a increasing number of vehicles as means of transportation as well as intensive implementation of development program also caused the demand for fuel oil in this new autonomous province to rise.