Nusa Dua, Bali, (ANTARA News) - The government postponed its plan to increase the price of gasoline premium as previously announced on Wednesday by Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Minister Ignasius Jonan, a ministry official said.
"The Minister of State-owned Enterprises (Rini Soemarno) has asked Pak (Mr) Jonan to postpone (the increase)," Deputy for Mining Business, Strategic Industry and Media of the Ministry of SOE, Fajar Harry Sampurno said here on Wednesday.
Earlier, on Wednesday, at 5.30 pm Central Indonesian Time (WITA) Jonan announced the government had decided to raise the price of premium gasoline to Rp7 thousand per liter for Java, Madura, and Bali (Jamali) areas and Rp6.9 thousand per liter for regions outside Jamali.
"The government considers the price of premium gasoline to be adjusted to its price today (Wednesday)," Minister Jonan stated at the Sofitel Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali.
However, at 7 pm WITA, Sampurno announced that Minister Rini Soemarno had coordinated with Minister Jonan and agreed to postpone the premium price increase.
Sampurno said the SOE Ministry knew the price increase only after it was announced by Minister Jonan. "We knew it only after Pak Jonan announced it. We have asked the SOE minister about it whether the increase could be implemented," he said.
It was earlier announced that the government was adjusting the premium price per liter from Rp6,650 to Rp7,000 in the Jamali areas and from Rp6,450 to Rp6,900 per liter outside the Jamali regions.
The price adjustment was to be carried out at about 6 p.m. Western Indonesia Standard Time (WIB) depending on the readiness of state-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina in popularizing it in about 2.5 thousand gas stations that sell premium fuel.
Previously, Pertamina had adjusted the prices of certain fuel oil (BBM) at gas stations, especially the Pertamax Series and Dex Series, as well as the Non-PSO Biodiesel starting today (Wednesday), and it will be valid throughout Indonesia from 11 a.m. WIB.
Pertamina has set the price adjustments. In Jakarta and surrounding areas, Pertamax prices are at Rp10,400 per liter, Pertamax Turbo at Rp12,250 per liter, Pertamina Dex at Rp11,850 per liter, Dexlite at Rp10,500 per liter, and Non-PSO Biodiesel at Rp9,800 per liter.
Source: ANTARA News