JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - To improve the utilization of natural gas and living standards of society, the government through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources immediately distributed approximately 30,000 gas conversion kits to fishermen who have engines under 5 GT (gross tonnage). The first phase division is planned to begin in July 2017.
Director of Planning and Oil and Gas Infrastructure Development Alimuddin Baso said in the early stage, the conversion kits to be distributed are approximately 16,000 units for various regions.
"God willing we distribute [packages of conversion kit] in the months of July or August. So for the first stage, approximately 16,000 units," said Alimuddin in the Press Release of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jakarta, Friday (06/02/2017).
He further explained initially the government will distribute approximately 24,000 units. But with the addition of funds and efficiency, the concrete amount to be distributed increases in number to approximately 30,000 units.
"Do not know the exact figure but added. So approximately 30,000-ish. In addition we take advantage of the budget, we add [funds] so that more fishermen reap the benefit," he said.
Not only the conversion kits for fishermen, the government will also increase the number of home connections that get the gas distribution network for households.
The addition is done in areas that have been pre-installed gas network. The number of additional network is also still in the process of calculation as it relates to the completion of the implementation of the activity which ends in December 2017. (*)