Hernán Torres/ URPI LR
In line with what was announced by the Ministry of Energy and Mines (Minem) and after three days of shortages of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at service stations in Lima and other cities, fuel supply was regularized yesterday at the country’s main ports.
“The ships now they are unloading completely normally in Callao and Pisco, and today (yesterday) the supply is already normalized”, Carlo de los Santos, representative of the Peruvian Society of Liquefied Gas (SPGL), commented to La República.
From these points, the fuel will be distributed throughout the national territory. “Pisco supplies the south of Peru and part of the center, and Talara and Callao tend to serve other areas,” explained the union spokesman.
The hydrocarbon specialist also highlighted that, as of Tuesday, the Navy authorized the hourly landing of gas carriers, which allowed maintaining the supply of LPG to residences, homes and social programs such as Qali Warma and communal pots, as well as as part of the fuel intended for vehicular use.
Queues and prices still high
However, despite the regularization of the supply, until yesterday noon there was still a shortage of LPG in some points of the city of Arequipa. Among these are the Chaski tap, the South tap and the El Puente service station where there was no LPG, but the signs with prices S/8.49 and S/8.75 were still displayed.
For their part, in Trujillo the service stations lowered their prices, which were around S/15 from Monday to S/9.98 yesterday. Thus, at the Repsol tap in América Oeste, where LPG was sold at S/14.89, it was reduced to S/9.98. While at other service stations such as Gaspetrol, located in front of the Unión market, it reached S/10.98, as well as at the Estrella tap, fuel reached S/9.99.
In Lima, prices were reported from S/7.22 to S/12.15, according to Osinergmin’s ‘Facilito’ platform.
According to De los Santos, the lack of LPG in some areas is due to the fact that after three days of shortages, the taps take time “to update” their stock.
On the other hand, he pointed out that the rise in prices is the result of speculation. “These producers and exporters are selling LPG at the international price and there has been no increase (in fuel), rather it has been down,” said the union spokesman.
Wholesale prices went up
Wholesale prices of the main fuels increased by up to S/0.24 per gallon for this week, according to Petroperú.
97 and 95 octane gasolines led the rise with a rise of S/0.24 to S/19.74 and S/19.60 each. While 90 (S/16.94) and 84 (S/15.01) octane gasolines did not show any variation.