This Thursday, July 21, taps in Lima were registered that no longer sell liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) after queues of vehicles formed days ago to get the fuel. However, the distribution should be regularized in the next 24 hours, since on Wednesday two ships with this fuel in the multibuoy terminals of Zeta Gas Y Solgas.
On a tour of four districts of the capital this Thursday, July 21, The Republic verified that taps of Lynx they did have LPG stock. However, service centers San Miguel are out of stock, as are those of Jesus Maria. In Free town the taps do have fuel, but drivers reported that neighboring districts had no supply.
Once anchored in Callao, the vessels have the capacity to meet market demand in no more than two days, said Abel Camasca, manager of the Association of Gas Bottling Plants of Peru (Aseeg). “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 days unloading each week,” said the specialist.
In recent days, the LPG price in Lima continued to increase above S/ 9 per kilo. In other parts of the country the panorama was similar, since in Chiclayo the price of this input reached S/ 11.20 and in Piura It was between S/ 11.46 and S/ 11.39. The resupply in the provinces could take, at most, one or two days after the one in Lima.
The problems with the supply are related to the anomalous waves in the sea of the Callao. The LPG is transported by pipeline from Camisea (La Convention, Cusco) to the production plant of pluspetrol in Ica. Then begins a boat trip to the Chalaco port. 86% of the national production of LPG comes from this industrial center located in pisco.
Minem rules out LPG shortages
The owner of Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem), Alessandra Herrera, indicated that the queues of drivers to obtain LPG are related to the offers of certain taps when there was a delay due to the closure of ports. “At no time has there been a shortage,” the official remarked.
In a statement dated July 19, the Minem confirmed that “there is sufficient availability of A-1 turbo fuel to meet the requirements of aviation companies. They also assured that new fuel shipments will arrive next week after the reopening of the ports of Callao and Talara.