Jakarta. State-owned gas utility Perusahaan Gas Negara continues with its commitment to supply gas to all communities, including small businesses.
Sumiatun, the owner of Kreasi Fitri, a small pastry business in Rungkut Lor in Surabaya, East Java, said direct access to gas in her home has made cooking more effective and also much cheaper.
When she first started her business, Sumiatun used liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) canisters, which used to cost her up to Rp 170,000 ($13) per month. However, since switching to PGN, the cost has come down to only Rp 70,000 per month.
She also no longer has the inconvenience of having to swap out empty LPG canisters while cooking.
"I benefit a lot from using natural gas as my production needs a lot of resources," said Sumiatun, who produces hundreds of pastries per day.
Kreasi Fitri products, which are available in supermarkets and souvenir shops across Surabaya, are also sold in adjacent areas, such as Gresik and Sidoarjo.
PGN has been supplying gas to residents of Rungkut Lor – home to many small businesses like Sumiatun's – since 2104 with support from the Surabaya local government and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
This year, the ministry assigned PGN to expand its gas network in Surabaya, Greater Jakarta, Cirebon (West Java), Tarakan (North Kalimantan), Sorong (West Papua) and Blora and Semarang (Central Java).
The gas distributor operates more than 7,270 kilometers of downstream gas pipelines, which is 80 percent of the national total.
The company supplies 27,170 households, 209 commercial and 475 industrial customers in East Java.
PGN has also started construction of a gas network to connect 10,321 households in Bandar Lampung in Sumatra.
"PGN will continue to support energy conversion from petroleum to gas," company secretary Rachmat Hutama said.