NUSADAILY.COM-PALU – Hundreds of fishermen in Palu, Central Sulawesi are targeted for the conversion of BBM (Fuel Oil) to BBG (Fuel Gas), Wednesday, December 5, 2019. The gas used for fishermen’s fuel is LPG melon, which contains three kilograms.
The conversion of BBM to BBG using three kilogram LPG is a program of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM). So the government increased the quota for three kilograms of LPG for one year for regions that received the conversion program.
The daily household consumption quota currently provided by Pertamina for all Palu residents is 12,234 metric tons.
In the conversion, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources handed over a converter kit package to convert fuel usage to BBG. Technicians also assist the installation of converter kits on fishing boats in Talise Beach, Palu, Central Sulawesi.
The fuel to BBG conversion program is expected to improve the welfare and income of fishermen in this tsunami-stricken region.
Regarding the conversion, the local Pertamina stated that the use of three-kilogram LPG for fishermen did not interfere with three-kilogram LPG stock for the community.
“LPG for household consumption is a separate quota so it has no effect,” Pertamina MOR VII Communication & CSR Unit Manager Hatim Ilwan told ANTARA.
He explained, the LPG conversion program is intended for small fishermen to substitute diesel or premium fuel. When compared to the use of BBM, BBG is more efficient as the results of laboratory tests.
“Pertamina supports the government’s policy related to the conversion of gas fuel for fishing needs for fishermen. The provision of facilities to refill LPG to replace fuel, is the responsibility of the government,” Hatim said.
The Mayor of Palu, Hidayat said, the assistance of a gas-fired ketinting machine was given to 202 fishermen in the Capital City of Central Sulawesi. The program is to support seafaring activities in the aftermath of the earthquake, tsunami and faction.
“Our fishermen are around 815 people who go to sea around Palu Bay every day and they have the identity of the fisherman card based on the Palu Agriculture and Resilience Department data,” Hidayat said.
For fishermen who have not been touched by the assistance, the Palu City Government will again propose the addition of 250 pieces of rolling machines to the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
“After the disaster, around 300 more boats, we have conducted through the APBD, but there are still 250 boats that do not have engines. We hope that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources can increase the allocation of similar assistance to support fishermen activities,” he hoped. (yos)