Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Rudi Rubiandini said that the government was still in the process of procuring 15,000 conversion kits targeted for distribution this year.
The government, in partnership with state oil and gas company Pertamina
, was also likely to miss a target to open 33 natural gas stations in Jakarta and Surabaya, East Java, this year, Rudi
"We are waiting for more conversion kits, which are still in the tender process by the ministry's directorate general for oil and gas.
This is crucial," Rudi
told reporters after Friday prayers at the ministry in Central Jakarta.
State-owned aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia, which also manufactures non-aerospace products, could only supply 1,000 of the needed kits, which meant that the government would seek the remainder overseas, Rudi
said that budget limits led the government to scale the target down to 15,000 conversion kits.
said the kits would be first installed, for free, on official and public transportation vehicles before the program was rolled out to private vehicle owners.
said that Pertamina
reported it would open one more online gas station in Jakarta by December, leaving the government 15 stations short of its target for 2012.