Thursday, 24 July 2008

Batam and Bali: smart premium card

The government will limit the subsidized gas of Premium and Solar. The limitation will be implemented through a smart-card system. It will be first tried in Batam and Bali.
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, said Batam and Bali were selected for geographic and affluence reasons. “They have better a life style and buying power, and are easy to be controlled because they're fairly isolated,” he said yesterday.He explained that the government will not rush to implement this fuel limitation nationally. The government still needs to disseminate the information.
According to Tubagus Haryono, head of the Downstream Oil and Gas Regulating Body, he said Rp 50 billion is needed for the premium and solar limitation project. It will be for disseminating the information, calculating the number of vehicles, and to research fuel consumption behavior.

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