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Gas war continues: Zeta runs out, NGC waits on GOB

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Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2020. 1:54 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: As Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) stocks immediately available for distribution dwindles, the National Gas Company (NGC) is “holding distributors at ransom” by refusing to give sale price and assure delivery of supplies, according to a joint statement from now-former importers/distributors, Southern Choice/Zeta Gas, Gas Tomza and Belize Western Energy Ltd.

Now, as of Monday, May 11, 2020 Southern Choice Butane (dba-Zeta Gas) has closed all its branches to the public as it has sold all the Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) from its facilities.

The ex-importers say NGC has told them that it awaits approvals from the Government to indicate a ‘commercial operating date’ as stipulated by the 2019 Act of Parliament establishing the company and a sale price dependent on the Bureau of Standards’ pricing methodology.

The ex-importers say NGC should have started their operations from Friday, May 1, when they received their first shipment and also the dare indicated by Government to start in writing to the ex-importers in February.

The ex-importers insist that this is a dodging mechanism to keep them from telling their clients down the line the prices and protect the NGC, which they say is not governed by the Supplies Control Act as provided by Section 7(3) of the 2019 NGC Act.

The silence may cost jobs as the ex-importers’ supplies run out and they close down their plant operations.

We will seek a response from both the Company and the Bureau.

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