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LPG cylinder price goes up again

Published : 29 Jul 2021 10:00 PM | Updated : 30 Jul 2021 01:20 AM

The prices of Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) and auto gas have gone up again. 

A 12 kg private LPG cylinder will cost Tk993, which was Tk891 in July and Tk782 in June. 

Meanwhile, price of per liter auto gas used in cars will be Tk48.71 which is Tk44 now and its price was Taka 41.74 in last month. 

The new price will be effective from August 1.

However, price for the state-run LP Gas Limited’s 12.5 kg remains unchanged due to no changes in the production cost. Currently its price is at Tk 591. 

Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) Chairman Md Abdul Jalil announced the new prices at an online press conference on Thursday.

BERC has set new retail prices for the first time by lowering the retail price of LPG on April 12 after a public hearing with all parties. After that, BERC is adjusting the price every month based on the Saudi Contract Price (CP) of Propane and Butane. Propane and Butane are the two components of LPG, which Bangladesh imports from the international market. However, LPG operators in the country are not implementing it.

It was informed at the press conference that the prices of 5.5, 12.5, 15, 16, 18, 20, 25, 30, 33, 35 and 45 kg LPG cylinder have also been re-fixed in the BERC order.

Meanwhile, the use of LPG has started centrally in the residential units and factories. The new method uses LP gas from large cylinders at the bottom or side of the house or factory together. Gas is being supplied from these cylinders to homes or factories through pipelines. Its price is also re-fixed by the commission.

The price of LPG supplied in this reticulated system has been increased from Tk71.94 to Tk80.43 per kg including VAT. 

The LPG Operators Association of Bangladesh (LOAB) did not implement the price, which was fixed by BERC. In this context, the BERC Chairman said "We have only one office and less manpower. It is not possible for the commission to implement this price alone without the cooperation of all.”

He also said ‘20-22 operators have been applied for re-fixing the price. We have accepted and a hearing has to be held. Although we fixed the date of hearing on July 7, it has been postponed considering the situation of Coronavirus. We wanted to do it online. But many of the applicants did not agree. Public hearing will be held after lockdown.’

Among others BERC members Maqbool E-Elahi Chowdhury, Mohammad Abu Faruk and Bazlur Rahman, Secretary Rubina Ferdous,  Deputy Director Kamruzzaman and others were present at the press conference.