February 23, 2014 | Indonesia, Jakarta
In Jakarta, Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has met with the Board of Directors of state-owned gas company PT Perusahaan Gas Negara Tbk (PGN) last week to discuss implementation of compressed natural gas (CNG) station and gas distribution networks in the capital.
The meeting reaffirms discussions commenced in 2013 when PGN and the Provincial Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) committing to building a natural gas distribution network for transportation and housing in Jakarta.
Hendi Prio Santoso, President Director of PGN, explained that of more than 60 gas traders in Indonesia, PGN is the only company that is building a gas pipeline to deliver natural gas in the Jakarta area. Pipeline gas will enable increased and reliable supply while also gradually eliminating the need for the current practice of truck-based delivery.
“PGN is committed to make Jakarta a role model for city gas in Indonesia in accelerating the conversion of fuel oil to natural gas,” said Hendi, who also stated the increased use of natural gas will reduce the heavy financial burden on the country from fuel imports.
Hendi submitted plans related to the addition of a gas refueling stations (SPBGs) during 2014. Hendi said PGN was ready to build six SPBGs in Jakarta plus two mobile refueling units (MRUs). This is part of PGN’s plan to build 16 SPBGs in various cities in Indonesia this year. PGN currently operates 10 CNG stations and MRUs across the capital.
PGN is a state gas company formed by the Government of Indonesia.