With the landing yesterday of the ships Mar Pacífico and Colca at the Zeta Gas and Solgas multi-buoy terminals, the supply of Petroleum liquid gas (LPG) in the capital should be regularized in the next 24 hours, as in other cities affected by abnormal waves in the rest of the country.
Abel Camasca, manager of the Association of Gas Packaging Plants of Peru (Aseeg), maintains that, once anchored, the ships have an unloading capacity that supplies the market in no more than two days. This, after acknowledging that the speculation some suppliers can be seized by news that unnecessarily alarms the population.
“This will complement the storage to serve Lima, which consumes 70% of LPG in Peru. These ships, which are supplied in Pisco, take three days en route, with a rate of one and a half unloading each week”, he specified.
Statement that replicates the forecasts of Minister Alessandra Herrera, who assured yesterday in the Council of Ministers that “the shortage is not going to happen”, also in relation to the Turbo A1 for aircraft.
The day before, this newspaper toured several points in the capital and found that the price of LPG continued to rise, although in many cases the taps that chose to rationalize simply stopped doing so, because they ran out of stock.
Thus, in the eastern part of Lima, some faucets with prices higher than S/9 per kilo already announced that the gas would arrive during the day, while others, such as Javier Prado Este, which maintained their prices, saw their units collapse.
But not only in the capital. In Chiclayo, for example, the LPG The week started between S/9.70 and S/10.09, but until yesterday it rose to S/11.29, with an influx of drivers reduced by 30% in taps. In Piura, on the other hand, the average price of LPG remained between S/11.46 and S/11.39, without registering major shortages. Trujillo experienced a slight increase in prices, but always with stocks in taps.
Aurelio Ochoa Alencastre, a specialist in energy issues, maintains that refueling in the provinces should take, at most, one or two more days after Lima, since most cities in the interior of the country are served virtually, that is, by trucks. like those seen a few days ago queuing next to those in Lima due to high demand.
However, it states that the problem also involves correcting the “distortion” in the market regarding minimum stocks at each LPG plant.
“The original regulation, from 1994, specified a minimum of 15 days as a reserve, and with this the waves were supported. This has been modified until reaching five days and now two. With that, it will not be possible to face situations like this, because they are phenomena that date back centuries,” says Ochoa.
Minem: Lima was never short of supplies
The head of Minem, Alessandra G. Herrera, stated that the images of vehicles queuing outside some faucets respond to the fact that they offered the best deals at a time when there was a delay due to the closure of ports. “At no time has there been a shortage,” said the minister.
There is LPG from the natural gas industry and another from crude oil refining, however once it leaves the fractionation plants and/or refineries it is not possible to distinguish between one and the other from a commercial point of view.
Surf. The discharge of LPG in Lima is very sensitive, since there are three submarine lines that receive the fuel in Callao, which belong to Petroperú, Solgas and Zeta gas. When there is a rough sea, the first to close are the latter.