Stock up on gas before winter

2012-04-26 00:00

THE Department of Energy yesterday urged consumers to stock up on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) in the build-up to winter.

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters noted that the annual spike in LPG purchases showed that last-minute demand for gas at the start of winter was the primary reason for the annual shortages.

The department said one refinery shutdown — at Engen from May 6 to 26 — was planned in the coming winter months.

“However, unforeseen technical problems at the refineries might result in unplanned shutdowns and impact the production of LPG,” the department said. The maximum retail price for LP gas will rise by 31 cents a kilogram next week.

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