Pertamina defers phasing out Premium brand despite clean fuel goal

first_imgState-owned oil giant Pertamina expects to continue to sell its least environmentally friendly gasoline brand, Premium, until at least 2024, despite its initial target of completely phasing out the brand two years ago to meet its emissions target.Premium gasoline is the cheapest gasoline brand sold by the oil firm, but has the highest emissions levels that fall within the outdated Euro 2 fuel standard.Without a promise to drop the Premium brand, Pertamina’s fuel distribution subsidiary, PT Pertamina Patra Niaga, expects to reduce Premium sales by 42 percent to 13,800 kiloliters (kL) per day on average by 2024, claiming that this would be achieved through its marketing strategies. The company plans for its Pertalite and Pertamax-brand gasolines, its second- and third-cheapest brands, to replace the lost Premium sales, according to Patra Niaga chief executive Mas’ud Khamid.“Without any regulatory change, and only relying on marketing, Premium sales will be half of Pertamax sales [by 2024],” Mas’ud said on Monday.Pertamina’s projection reflects the company’s struggle to phase out pollutive fuels, a task that should have been completed in 2018, as stipulated by Environment and Forestry Ministry regulation No. 20/2017 on motor vehicle emissions limits.Indonesia is among only eight countries worldwide that still sell such low-grade gasoline as Premium. The government and House of Representatives have defended the sale of the cheap gasoline over the years, regarding it as necessary assistance for Indonesia’s poorest and have launched digitalization programs to ensure the fuel only goes to the poor.Mas’ud said that the company was not likely to push the promotion of Pertamax Turbo – the company’s priciest fuel brand – despite the plan. Pertamax Turbo is seen by experts as the only gasoline brand that complies with the environment ministry’s regulation.He argued that most Indonesians’ buying power was between Rp 7,000 (48 US cents) and Rp 8,000 per liter of gasoline.“If we were to slap on an Rp 10,000 price tag, that would feel rather heavy,” he said. “This is why we will jump from Premium to Pertalite then to Pertamax.”Pertamina is also limited by a lack of Pertamax Turbo-capable refineries in Indonesia. The company planned to develop six such refineries by 2026 but two have been put on hold.Read also: Despite looming deadline, Pertamina’s clean fuel goals remain distantMas’ud said Pertamina would promote Pertalite usage by expanding its Langit Biru (Blue Sky) promotion across Java and Sumatra, the country’s two most populated islands.The program, first launched in Bali in July, sees Pertalite sold at a 16 percent discount of Rp 6,450 per liter exclusively for taxis, motorcycles and commercial minivans.The oil and gas firm is also expanding its Pertamax distribution network. The company plans to sell the brand at all 5,385 of its gas stations by this year. Currently, 531 stations do not sell Pertamax.He added that Pertamina would expand its Pertamax-only Pertashop outlets “to every village”. The company currently operates 692 such outlets with plans for 4,558 by year-end.Meanwhile, experts are still pushing for the phase-out of the Premium brand, while criticizing Pertamina for not going far enough to reach the target.“This [switch] is a move that has been long overdue,” said energy policy analyst Anissa Suharsono of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) on Wednesday. “Ending sales of Premium fuel is a logical move for the company.”Apart from being pollutive, the subsidized Premium brand also strains Pertamina’s finances and the government’s budget, she noted.A case in point, the government, as of June, owed Pertamina Rp 96.5 trillion in compensation for three years’ worth of gasoline and diesel subsidies.Read also: Govt owes Pertamina Rp96.5t for three years of fuel subsidies“[The switch to Pertalite] is pointless because Pertalite is not a clean fuel option, neither is Pertamax,” said Ahmad “Puput” Safrudin of the Committee for the Phasing Out of Leaded Fuel (KPBB) on Wednesday.Energy economist Alloysius Joko Purwanto of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) echoed Puput’s statement.“The improvement in air quality is not significant compared with the subsidy costs paid by Pertamina and the government,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Terry targets top spot

first_img “It’s not only us who have suffered defeats and draws against teams where you would expect us to win. Hopefully we can knock that out of our system sooner rather than later while other teams are still struggling. “Manchester United are still struggling, Cardiff beat Man City, there’s been all sorts of results that have been big upsets. “It’s important like (against Palace), even though you’re grinding it out and it’s difficult, you have to see those games out.” Chelsea play at Sunderland in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night with a place in the semi-finals at stake. Goalkeeper Petr Cech said: “It’s great to be in the position we’re in: we topped the group in the Champions League, we’re two points off the Premier League leaders and we can be in the semi-final of a domestic cup if we win on Tuesday. “All of this, and we know that we haven’t reached our peak, so it’s great.” Mourinho plans to rotate his options at the Stadium of Light and would like to give Terry a night off, if Gary Cahill is deemed fit to play after missing the Palace win as a precaution. “I would like to give John a rest for that match,” Mourinho told Chelsea TV. Branislav Ivanovic is suspended, so Cesar Azpilicueta will switch to his favoured right-back role, with Ashley Cole returning on the left. Mourinho’s men will not be practising penalties, despite the fact the match could be decided on spot-kicks. He added: “I practice a lot and we always lose on penalties. This time we don’t practice.” Tony Pulis has now had four matches in charge of Crystal Palace, winning two of them, and was pleased with the performance at Stamford Bridge. Now Pulis hopes to recruit in the winter transfer window, without detracting from the spirit being fostered among his troops. He said: “It’s tough, because you go into a football club and you’re playing catch up. In the Premier League it’s such a relentless league and you have runs of games where you’re playing against teams like Chelsea where it’s very, very difficult to get points. “The spirit from the players in the past five, six games has been absolutely fantastic. “One thing we must be careful of is that we bring players in with the same attitude of these because their attitude has been absolutely fantastic.” Pulis knows survival remains a difficult goal to achieve. He added: “I’m not coming to the club saying ‘we’re going to definitely stay up’. “All I’ve said is I’ll try and get it sorted out, organised and have a real go at it.” Press Association John Terry is targeting a win at Arsenal to take Chelsea top of the Premier League at Christmas. “We’ve got an opportunity to go away to Arsenal next week and go top of the league,” Terry told Chelsea TV. “They got a bit of a thumping, but they’re a really good side and really good at home as well. “It’s going to be tough, but I think the motivation for us is to go there and beat them and go top of the league, which, just before Christmas, is a really good place to be.” Fernando Torres’ opener was cancelled out by Marouane Chamakh before Ramires scored what proved to be the winner in the first half against Palace. Chelsea had numerous chances to make life easier for themselves, but also might have conceded an equaliser, and Terry knows they are still to find their best form. “We’re clearly not firing on all cylinders at the moment,” Terry said. “I think we’ve got another gear to go, which is still encouraging, being the position we are at the minute. “So we’re not too disappointed, we just know as a group we can get better. The Chelsea captain recognises there is still room for improvement for the Blues, who won 2-1 against Crystal Palace to cut the gap at the top of the table to leaders Arsenal to two points. Consequently, Jose Mourinho’s men travel to the Emirates Stadium on December 23 to play an Arsenal side beaten 6-3 by Manchester City, knowing a win would put them top of the pile heading into Christmas. last_img read more


first_imgThe sentencing of the killer of Donegal journalist Eugene Moloney has been moved – because it falls on the anniversary of his death.Gary Burch, 21, of Kennington Close, Templeogue in Dublin has admitted the unlawful killing of the Inishowen-born reporter on June 24th, 2012.The date ofr sentence had been set but the prosecution said this had to b changed for “obvious reasons.” Burch will now be sentenced on June 17th.DONEGAL REPORTER’S KILLER HAS SENTENCE DATE CHANGED was last modified: March 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EUGENE MOLONEYGary Burchkillerlast_img read more