Pertamina proposes to replace Pertalite with a more environmentally friendly fuel

Jakarta – PT Pertamina (Persero) has proposed to the government to change the type of subsidized fuel consumed by the public by replacing Pertalite, which has RON 90, with RON 91 or higher fuel.

The final decision is still under discussion, according to Saleh Abdurrahman, Member of the Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) Committee, highlighting the importance of the quality of fuel subsidized to the public.

“There is a discourse from Pertamina to review the change from Pertalite to RON 91 and above according to KLHK Regulation No. 20/2017 on Emissions, the sulfur is so much but Ron 91 and above. That is good, but the government needs to consider the price, the readiness of domestic infrastructure, bioethanol, especially 5-7%, in my opinion, it is good personally,” Saleh said in an official statement at the Indonesia Petroleum Association (IPA) Convention and Exhibition (Convex) 2024, ICE BSD, Wednesday, May 15.

Meanwhile, the government is also reviewing the revision of Presidential Regulation No. 191/2014 on the Supply, Distribution, and Retail Selling Price of Fuel Oil. This revision is expected to regulate subsidised fuel sales to make it more targeted.

However, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is still discussing the final decision regarding the revision.

Meanwhile, Head of BPH Migas Erika Retnowati said that the final decision regarding the revision of the Presidential Regulation is still being discussed at the Ministry of Economy level. She also could not guarantee that the revision could be completed in June, as previously stated by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Changing the type of subsidized fuel is one of the steps towards more environmentally friendly fuel. However, the final decision still depends on the results of inter-ministerial discussions and the decision of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy. (Hartatik)

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