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Arequipa: LPG supply must be regularized this weekend

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The shortage of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) continues to be noticed in most taps in Arequipa. Until yesterday afternoon more than 60% of stations without LPG were reported and in others, there were long queues and they put a sale limit for each driver.

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The vice president of the Association of Faucets and Service Stations of Arequipa, Magno Salas, reported that the supply began to normalize with the arrival of some tankers. This is past stock.

The tankers -with the LPG that just began to unload in the last few hours- would be arriving in the city within three to four days. For this reason, he insisted that the supply of all taps be normalized over the weekend.

The leader recalled that this shortage is due to the closure of ports, as a result of abnormal waves that were reported five days ago on the Peruvian coast.

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To supply the taps of Arequipa, LPG ships disembark at the port of Pisco (Ica region). According to the Government, landings had already returned to normal.

Affected taxi drivers

The LPG deficit mainly affects taxi drivers and other carriers that use this fuel. The president of the Regional Federation of Taxi Drivers of Arequipa, Alexander Cornejo, estimated that in the city there are more than 5,000 taxi drivers who consume LPG. “We are starting to feel the punch. In some stations they have raised the price slightly due to the shortage of LPG. If the situation does not improve and more tankers do not arrive, there would be a greater deficit on Friday,” Cornejo said..

Until yesterday, taxi drivers reported that there was still LPG in taps in Cerro Colorado, Sachaca and others in the northern part of the city. Queues of up to 50 units were noted in these service centers. While the shortage was reflected, above all, in stations in Paucarpata, Miraflores, Mariano Melgar, Socabaya and others in the southern zone.

The price of LPG did not exceed S/ 9.50 a gallon until yesterday, but taxi drivers fear that the price will skyrocket in the next few hours and reach S/ 11.00 as in the critical months.

Source: Larepublica

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