Energy Ministry affirms it will not delay raising of LPG price


BANGKOK, 21 May 2013 – The Ministry of Energy has affirmed it will not delay the raising of the LPG price, slated to begin on June 1.

Energy Policy and Planning Office director Suthep Liamsiricharoen asserts that the periodic raising of the LPG price until it is floated would make it fair for all consumers, and would reduce the problem of natural gas smuggling, intentional mislabeling of gas in order to sell subsidized fuel for higher profit, and selling of state-subsidized gas at border areas. 

The Suan Dusit poll agency, assigned by the Ministry of Energy to tally the number of street-side food vendors who would be affected by the raise, concludes that around 170,000 to 180,000 vendors, out of the 500,000 earlier expected to be afflicted, have so far registered for assistance.