By Marion V. Ali
There is another dip in the price of butane gas in Belize and the Bureau of Standards says it is caused by the high volume of production recently.
As of Saturday, prices fell by roughly 5 cents per pound.
If you buy butane from Belize Gas Limited or Western Gas Company, the price in Belize City and Corozal is now $104 for a tankful of 100 pounds.Home-owners in Orange Walk will pay $105; while those in Belmopan and San Ignacio will pay $106.
Housewives in Benque Viejo will pay $107; and people in Stann Creek will pay $108. The price in PG is $109.
In Belize, Belize Natural Energy, the local producer of butane, will sell a 100 pound cylinder at any of its four depots across the country – in Belmopan, Burrel Boom, San Ignacio and Benque Viejo Town at $96.00 a hundred pounds.
BNE’s ratio of propane to butane is similar to that of Pemmex: 60/40.The reason for the unevenness in price is due to a difference in the quality of butane they sell. Belize Gas and Western Gas import from Pemmex in Mexico.
Mexican butane has ratio of propane to butane is 60/40.
To meet growing demands, BNE, in October 2013 started to import LPG from Pemmex in Mexico and blends that imported product with its locally produced natural gas. The finished product has the same 60/40 ratio.
BNE can afford to sell high grade LPG at the cheapest prices becauseit is a local producer.
This is the second time since October that butane prices have gone down. This five-dollar cut follows the last one on November 20th when the prices fell by six dollars.