JAKARTA - PT Pertamina (Persero) and Indonesian National Army (TNI) have strengthened their commitment to utilize gas as vehicle fuel by using 'Pertamina Envogas' for the Army's operational vehicles.
The commitment was sealed by the symbolic initial use of 'Pertamina Envogas' as brand gas fuel by the National Army operational vehicles at the Indonesia Army's headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta.
Present at the event were Indonesian National Army General Admiral Agus Suhartono, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik, Pertamina Marketing and Trading Director Hanung Budya, and Pertamina Gas Director Hari Karyuliarto.
Pertamina Marketing and Trade Director Hanung Budya said that the use of 'Pertamina Envogas' for vehicles in the National Army surrounding was a major step in converting the fuel transportation (from fossil fuel to gas). It is estimated that total consumption of gas as fuel in this sector is quite significant.
This is as a form of support by Pertamina and Indonesian Army in helping the government fulfill its United Nations Convention commitments regarding climate change, in which one of the commitments is the program of using environmentally friendly energy or so called Blue Sky Program (Program Langit Biru).
“The Blue Sky Program, which have been rolling, is a program in-line with the government fuel-to-gas conversion program initiated by the Presidential Regulation No. 64 year 2012 regarding Supply, Distribution and Price Setting of compressed natural gas (CNG BBG).
Pertamina as a national state-owned energy company carries the roles as the CNG infrastructure provider and CNG fuel distributor. The use of 'Pertamina Envogas' for the National Army's vehicles showcases the effort to support the Government in reducing fossil fuel consumption and covert fossil fuel to gas,” said Hanung in his welcome speech.
With the initial use of program in using gas fuel (BBG) in the Army's environment, it is expected that the fuel demand by the TNI armada can be fulfilled sufficiently in the long run (by Pertamina).
This step taken by the Army, he said, hopefully motivated other institutions and agencies to convert their fuel transportation consumption to gas.
“As such, we will enjoy various benefits provided by gas fuel that can't be provided by fossil fuels, including cleaner air, sustainability of gas supply from vast gas reserve, as well as support of world program to slow down global warming.
Certainly, Pertamina has been putting serious efforts in developing gas stations (SPBGs) and gas infrastructures, which are necessary to support the diversification program,” he said.
To ensure the success of fuel-to-gas, the availability of infrastructure is one of the key success factors. Currently SPBGs are available in Greater Jakarta area, Palembang and Surabaya.
This year, Pertamina will build six new SPBGs in Greater Jakarta area and dedicated 35.5 MMSCFD gas special allocation for transportation. In its operation, Pertamina has been collaborating with various key stakeholders, including Jakarta provincial government as the national fuel consumption hub, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, and Ministry of Industry to support the purchase and distribution of converter kit.
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