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Jum'at, 27 April 2018



5.000 Converter Kit for Fishermen will be Distributed

DENPASAR – After the auction process, the Government will immediately distribute the converter kit for fishermen in nine areas of Indonesia. The converter kit distribution is one of the Government program to assist the fishermen in reducing fuel cost and also is part of oil fuels (BBM) to gas conversion program because most of fishermen are still using diesel oil for sailing and fishing.

The utilization of gas fuel by the fishermen will give three benefits; the fishermen’s income will increase along with the decreasing consumption on fuels, the availability of the gas fuel is easier than consuming diesel oil, and gas fuel is more environmentally friendly. “We will conduct an auction by the mid of April, hopefully the converter kit would have been distributed by May,” explained the Director General of Oil and Gas MEMR, IGN Wiratmaja interviewed after the establishment of Center of Excellence for Clean Energy in PLDG Pesanggaran, Friday (4/1).

The Government will only distribute the converter kit for fishermen having ship in capacity under 5 Gross Tonnage (GT). “The distribution of the converter kit will be allocated only for fishermen having ship in capacity under 5 GT. There are nine areas spreading in West Java, Bali, Sumatra, and Kalimantan. Hopefully all the converter kit could be distributed by September,” continued Wiratmaja.

The converter kit distribution, which is also part of the acceleration of BBM to gas conversion program, will increase the saving for fishermen up to 60%. The 3kg LPG for Rp 20.000 – Rp 25.000 could be used to fish for about three days, while consuming 2 liter of BBM for Rp 18.000 – Rp 20.000 is only for fishing for a day or Rp 54.000 – Rp 60.000 for three days. (AK)