Shell opens three more gas stations in Jakarta

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The local arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc. opened three new gas stations here Tuesday, adding to its seven existing outlets in Greater Jakarta.

The newly opened stations are on Jl. T.B. Simatupang, South Jakarta, Jl. Daan Mogot, West Jakarta, and Jl. Senen Raya, Central Jakarta.

Shell opened six stations last year at Lippo Karawaci, Tangerang, on Jl. S. Parman and Jl. Kyai Tapa, West Jakarta, on Jl. Letjen Suprapto, Central Jakarta, and on Jl. Mampang Prapatan and Jl. Gatot Subroto, South Jakarta. It opened the latest one on Jl. Yos Soedarso, North Jakarta, in late March.

The new gas stations will sell high-octane gasoline like Shell Super Extra, Shell Super and high quality Shell Diesel.

Shell global vice president for retail marketing, Bruce Rosengarten, said the oil giant would soon open more retail outlets in Greater Jakarta, West and East Java, Bali and Sumatra.

"Shell Indonesia is expecting to open more gas stations outside Jakarta. However, locations will depend on their accessibility," Antara quoted Rosengarten as saying.

Meanwhile, Shell Indonesia vice president for business development and external affairs Wally Saleh said the company would continue to focus on Java island for the time being.

"We will open another outlet in the next three months. Meanwhile, we are still at the stage of carefully sounding out the feasibility of opening outlets outside Java," he said.

Shell, the first foreign company to take on Pertamina in the country's tightly controlled retail gasoline market in 2006, plans to open 400 gas stations within eight years.

Malaysian state oil and gas firm Petroliam Nasional Bhd. (Petronas) followed Shell's move shortly afterwards, and plans to open 200 outlets within five years.

Meanwhile, U.S.-based energy company PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI) and France-based Total E&P have been committed themselves to opening gas stations in Indonesia. The are currently in the process of securing the necessary licenses from the government. (06)
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