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Thai energy minister: LPG shortage temporary


July 2, 2008

Thai energy minister: LPG shortage temporary
Thailand’s Energy Minister Poonpirom Liptapanlop on Tuesday affirmed that Thailand's shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) would ease and return to normal on Wednesday, reported state news agency TNA.

Speaking after meeting with representatives of the Taxi Operators' Association, Poonpirom said the local LPG supply would not fall short because market-leading supplier PTT had imported more gas to meet the country's increased domestic demand.

A second lot of some 20,000 tonnes of LPG will be imported to Thailand on Wednesday.

She said PTT had further increased the LPG supply to metropolitan Bangkok by 600 tonnes per day from a normal daily level of 1,800 tonnes.

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In  addition, ministry officials had made field trips to inspect LPG storage and distribution facilities and service stations nationwide to see whether the stocked gas supply is unusually high. Overall, she believed the situation would finally pick up.

"The overall picture of the LPG supply has improved now since PTT increased the gas supply by 600 tonnes per day. So, I am confident everything will be OK on Wednesday," she said.

The minister reaffirmed that the two-tiered policy to separate LPG prices for household and transportation applications would remain intact.

However, just how prices would be adjusted is up to the working committee chaired by Permanent Secretary for Energy Pornchai Rujiprapa.

Poonpirom said the ministry had kept the LPG price unchanged for six months because it wanted to give people encouragement to use the alternative fuel.

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