There are four provinces in the northeast of the country that are not connected to the natural gas network: Chaco, Corrientes, Formosa and Misiones.
The Chamber of Argentine Liquefied Gas Companies (CEGLA) warned today that the shortage of diesel in at least 19 provinces is generating a “high risk of missing cylinders.”
“The most complicated area to supply is the north. Fuel is not available on the routes and the trucks do not manage to complete the distribution with the containers they transport”, warned the president of CEGLA, Pedro Cascales.
In this context, he warned that in addition “the little diesel that is being achieved is at very high prices. On average, in the interior it is obtained at $230 a liter.” And he said that the further north of Argentina you try to get, the more expensive the value. “There are delays in supply. It is difficult to access some locations in the north, ”he remarked.
It should be noted that the shortage of diesel is generalized throughout the lake and across the country. A monitoring created by technicians from the Argentine Federation of Freight Transport Business Entities (Fadeeac) shows that in 19 provinces there are difficulties in obtaining fuel while in 14 of them these shortages have become seriouswhile just over a week ago there were 8 heavily affected districts.
There are delays in supply. It is difficult to access some towns in the north (Cascales)
The “Diesel Supply Map” indicates that between May 25 and June 5, 6 more provinces began to show serious supply problems. And there are 19 in total that are missing to some degree.
Except for the hydrocarbon provinces of Patagonia, the rest of the districts have difficulties in accessing fuel, an essential input to develop the transport activity.
All this at times of intense harvest activity in grain production and regional economies. The conflict crosses producers, rural contractors and freight transport.
This week from the Government they stated that the problem responds to a greater demand, which last April registered an increase of 20%, and to seasonal issues generated by the process of harvesting summer crops, to which must be added the sowing of wheat and barley.
The president of CEGLA affirmed that “for now, and with the great efforts of the companies in the sector, we are managing to supply 100% of the country with natural gas. However, he clarified that the situation is at the limit”
In particular, the situation is very complex because there are four provinces in the northeast of the country that are not connected to the natural gas network: Chaco, Corrientes, Formosa and Misiones. In that sense, a cut in the supply of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in those territories would put them on the verge of energy collapse, according to Cascales.
However, the president of CEGLA stated that “for now, and with great efforts by the companies in the sector, they are managing to supply 100% of the country. However, he clarified that the situation is at the limit”.
It should be noted that the LPG that is fractionated the companies associated with CEGLA provide energy to 40% of the population. Its use is widespread and essential for homes, industries, businesses, regional economies, and it is even a fuel that is exported to neighboring countries at certain times of the year.
“We offer an economical and safe product. We urgently need the diesel supply to be regularized throughout the territory”, explained Cascales.
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