Nepal | July 05, 2020

Consumers could face LPG shortage as import declines

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, September 13

Consumers may suffer from shortage of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), commonly known as cooking gas, during the festive season as the import of the essential commodity has sharply declined due to the prolonged protest in the Tarai this month.

Normally, the country imports 21,000 tonnes of cooking gas each month during the summer to autumn season. However, due to the ongoing protest, less than half that amount has been imported this month.

As the festive season is nearing, the country needs to import more because consumption of cooking gas peaks in the festive season and continues till the end of the winter season along with an increase in the load-shedding hours.

As per the LP Gas Industry Association — umbrella organisation of gas bottlers in the country — monthly demand of cooking gas surpasses 26,000 tonnes during the winter season.

Shiva Prasad Ghimire, president of LP Gas Industry Association, said that the
situation could worsen because consumers could start hoarding gas cylinders and it would be difficult for bottlers and dealers to manage the situation in the festive season.

There are 53 gas bottling plants in the country.Though the government has maintained the supply of petroleum products by escorting tankers carrying the essential products with the help of security forces, a very limited number of cooking gas bullets — only 200 bullets — have entered Nepal in the last two weeks.  A bullet carries 18 tonnes of gas or 1,260 cylinders.

According to Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) officials, 100 bullets are stranded at the Birgunj border along with other trucks and containers of various imported goods. Deepak Baral, spokesperson of NOC, informed that a team of NOC officials, gas bottlers and security forces will visit Raxaul to talk to officials of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Indian security forces posted at the border point, tomorrow, to help release the cooking gas bullets that are stranded and bring them to the Birgunj customs point by tomorrow evening.

“The government has prioritised getting the cooking gas bullets released from the queue to manage the supply of cooking gas,” Baral said, adding, “The meeting of the supply committee held today at the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies has asked the NOC, gas bottlers and representatives of security forces to quickly manage the situation.”

The country is reliant on Indian transporters to ferry cooking gas and Indian transporters have been unwilling to ferry cooking gas citing the rising insecurity on the highways. As per NOC Spokesperson Baral, due to the long queue at the border point and prolonged protest, a large number of loaded bullets for Nepal is yet to leave the Barauni refinery of IOC.

The distance between Barauni and Birgunj is 241.7 km, which is the nearest refinery of IOC from Nepal. The Barauni refinery caters 12,000 tonnes of cooking gas monthly. The remaining amount is imported from Haldia, Karnal and Mathura.


A version of this article appears in print on September 14, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Bajhang Landslide Update: Four bodies recovered

BAJURA: Four persons, who were missing in the landslide that occurred at 2:00 am on Saturday in Mallesi of Kedarsyun Rural Municipality in Bajhang district, have been found dead. Bodies of 40-year-old Rammati Jethara and her 12-year-old son Prayag Jethara were found buried in the debris of the la Read More...

Prime Minister Oli visits Prez Bhandari; motive of meet undisclosed

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) co-chair KP Sharma Oli paid a visit to President Bidya Devi Bhandari at her official residence in Sheetal Niwas amid the ongoing political strain in the country, on Saturday. The meeting between the Prime Minister and the President lasted Read More...

Greenwood shines as five-star Man United crush Bournemouth

MANCHESTER: Manchester United's three-pronged attack combined to devastating effect as they crushed Bournemouth 5-2 in the Premier League on Saturday to move into the top four and stretch their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions. Mason Greenwood shone with two superb goals whil Read More...

Six killed, one missing in Bajhang landslide

Bajura, July 4 Six persons died in a landslide in Mallesi of Kedarsyun Rural Municipality, Bajhang, last night. One person is missing. A police team from Bisauna of Durgathali Rural Municipality and locals retrieved the bodies from the landslide debris today. According to Kedarsyun Rural Mu Read More...

NCP standoff continues

Kathmandu, July 4 The ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) postponed its Standing Committee meeting till Monday in an attempt to reconcile differences among party co-chairs Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal and senior leader Madhav Kumar Nepal. The rival faction of the NCP has Read More...

Bayern thrash Leverkusen 4-2 to win 20th German Cup title

BERLIN: Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich kept their hopes of a treble alive after a dominant 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen to lift the German Cup for a record-extending 20th time at the Olympiastadion on Saturday. Bayern sealed their 13th domestic double as Hansi Flick, who took ove Read More...

Fertiliser crunch hits farmers in Siraha district

SIRAHA, JULY 4 Farmers, who have started paddy plantation, are facing shortage of chemical fertiliser in Siraha. Agriculture cooperatives are supposed to sell fertiliser supplied by the Agriculture Materials Company Limited and Salt Trading Corporations. But, farmers are facing paucity of fert Read More...

Govt turns deaf ears to demands of youths staging hunger strike

KATHMANDU, JULY 4 Two youths of ‘Enough Is Enough’ movement have been staging a fast-unto-death hunger strike for the past nine days, but the government has turned a deaf ears to their demands. Iih, 26, of Kathmandu and Pukar Bam, 30, of Kailali, who began their hunger strike from a Sattal Read More...