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Sep 13, 2011

Butane Supply strike continues

Three of the country’s largest suppliers of Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) are still on strike. Belize Western Energy Limited (BWEL), Gas Tomza Limited and Zeta Gas Limited have not been retailing to distributors since last Friday. Today, the managers of three importers should have met with the government to discuss a price adjustment that they say is due since February because of high acquisition costs. But the government called off today’s meeting because it maintains its position that the companies don’t have the scales on delivery trucks and at depots as required by law since March. But the companies say they have the scales and have been in contact with the Bureau of Standards.   According to Jose Mai, the General Manager of Belize Western Energy Limited, they also will continue with the strike action.

Via Phone: Jose Mai, General Manager, BWEL

Jose Mai

“We have people sitting down from last week Thursday when we started a slow down and we are not received any—we are not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak. However, we would also like to mention that giving that we are compliant—this was the government’s first and only contention: that they are not going to issue or authorize a price adjustment unless there is compliance by the companies. We are in compliance and not they change the rules of the game. That is what has us worried. That is one. Two; the minister won’t even meet with us. The strike continues. We informed the bureau of that decision and I can also tell you that there is roughly thirty percent of the local market out of product. We have the case of Punta Gorda that is out of product, Placencia is out of product, Dangriga is out, San Pedro has inventory for today and part of tomorrow. Belize City has been managing through rationing through distributors but we do have as well important businesses—restaurants, hospitals that are out hotels and casinos included that are out of product. We expressed this to government, but there seems to be no consideration for this fact. And that is what has us worried at this time.”

So as it stands now, the strike continues.

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6 Responses for “Butane Supply strike continues”

  1. Belizean says:

    GOB should be focusing more on Energy policies to reduce the acquisition cost of fuel, butane and the cost of power from generating facilities BEL is buying from. Give PUC more flexibility in micro managing these utilities or as an oversight control body to reduce inefficiencies. We will save a lot more if PUC does its job better, then we wont need to tamper with our constitution, nationalize, and save a heck of a lot of litigation fees and a black eye internationally. No to the Ninth Amendment Bill. This will not solve our economic needs!

  2. lucas says:

    GOB should give these S O B 24 hours to open for business or cancel their business license and then send the BDF to take over. These …, reaped off the public, have contempt for the law to install proper scale and now want to hold the public for ranson. I say: GIVE THEM A VERSION OF TELEMEDIA.

  3. Belizean says:

    I stand behind you Lucas, we need to address it responsibly and ensure that the workers keep their jobs, then government should acquire the butane internationally from Pemex or other regional sources, then let the private sector compete and distribute it…to ensure success infact, DFC should be made available to finance operations for interested private investors, then create selling zones and regulate the prices. Im sure we can buy cheaper and pass it through to consumers, and accurately.

  4. Earl Grey says:

    SEEMS LIKE…………………. A COUNTRY HELD HOSTAGE BY AN INDUSTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Orl says:

    Hurray Lucas. I totally agree with you. To hell with these guys. Who they think they are man? DO NOT NEGOTIATE with them GOB. Let them suffer also. I have purchase butane from BNE and believe me, it is of a better grade. The flame given off by BNE’s butane is much cleaner. NO more BWEL or Tomza, and the rest of Central american suppliers.

  6. RedBwai says:

    These butane companies have been taking us for fools for the past how many years??? they dont want to implement the use of scales to weigh tanks becauses they well know they wouldnt be able to continue robbing us blind with their scam… and now they want a price increase?? they must be damn crazy!! GOB is doing the right thing here by not allowing a price increase until all of them follow the new regulations set by law. If they want the governmet to be fair with them then they have to be fair an honest with customers…plain an simple..

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