State-owned gas distributor Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) says it is ready to increase the number of natural gas filling stations (SPBG) to support the government’s gasoline-to-natural gas conversion program.

PGN spokesperson Irwan Andri Atmanto said the firm was optimistic the gasoline-to-natural gas conversion program would expand following the Nov. 18 lowering of fuel subsidies.

“Increased subsidized-fuel prices will lead the consumers to shift to natural gas,” he said, as quoted by Antara news agency in Jakarta on Sunday.

Natural gas fuel is selling at only Rp 3,100 (25 US cents) per liter. Meanwhile, the new price of subsidized Premium is Rp 8,500 per liter and for diesel it is Rp 7,500 per liter.

“With quite a huge margin of prices between natural gas fuel and subsidized- and non-subsidized fuel, natural gas becomes a good alternative energy for the people,” said Irwan.

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