As it weighs the fruit, also gas cylinders will now be weighed by traders at the time the customers are returning. And what is in the bottle and has not been taken advantage of by the consumer will not be charged. This will be one of the most immediate effects of the revision to the law of the national petroleum system bases was approved Thursday by the Cabinet.
According to recent data from Deco, about 300 grams of gas (or three kilos, if the bottle is used only in a water heater) that are not used and normally are returned to brands. The annual cost of this waste for each consumer was estimated by the Association at around 72 euros.
With the new law, this is a scenario that is about to end in the two and a half million Portuguese homes where natural gas it did not arrive yet. The price of butane bottle (which, according to Deco, round on average 25 euros) will be deducted from the amount to stay in the background.
The new law thus provides for “LPG marketability in units weight measurement, allowing the appreciation of the gas that is in the bottle, “said a statement issued by the Ministry of Energy. To know still are the details of who will bear the costs associated with balances that must exist in shops or as is the procedure in the case of home deliveries.
Apart from this, the law also obliges traders to exchange bottles of any brand, at no additional cost to the consumer. In practice, a reseller of Galp (which dominates the market) must now accept a bottle of Rubis (formerly BP), for example, which prevents it gets “stuck” to a particular brand.
The measures, which will now have to be regulated by the National Authority of the Fuel Market (TNGC), which since last year published in the site reference prices for bottled gas, should already be in force next fall, found the PUBLIC. Come join other charges that had been set for the bottled gas sector in order to harmonize the technical requirements for gear units to eliminate another barrier to switching supplier and the entry of new firms in a market that still depends on 75% of its population.
Changes to the oil supply chain
The new law of the oil bases, which has regulatory and review an ordinance 2006 I had never actually entered into force, it also brings changes to the logistics of the oil sector chain. The new law will force the CLC, logistics company majority-owned by Galp, to ensure access of other companies to the oil pipeline between Sines and Aveiras. Galp has 65% of the CLC, BP and Repsol have both stakes of 15% and Rubis Energy has 5% of the capital.
Ownership of the pipeline and fuel storage tanks will continue these companies, but the infrastructure was considered of public interest, so access to other operators will be possible “through negotiated rates with the owner,” said Energy Minister, Jorge Moreira da Silva.
“With the approval of this law is declared the public interest of large storage facilities for petroleum products in Aveiras, connected by pipeline to the port terminal in Sines, “but said the Energy Ministry in a statement.
Access third-party operators (in addition to big oil) to transport infrastructure and storage of CLC was one of the measures that the Competition Authority complained for several years as “the structural measure with the greatest impact on the fuel market.”
With this access, in theory, smaller operators can now import fuel for the domestic market, since the use of the pipeline and storage park breaks free of its shareholders (which control about 90% of the market).
However, the declaration of public utility covers the pipeline linking the refinery Aveiras Galp, in Sines, but does not guarantee its link to the port, as clarified the PUBLIC source along official of the Ministry of Economy. The seven kilometers of access between the refinery at the port will still have to be made by road, which overrides an immediate effect of the diploma, as alternative operators continue to have constraints on the use of the pipeline.
The construction of a storage tank at the port of Sines and linking this to the pipeline which begins at the refinery Galp has been appointed as the investment needed for that alternative operators are able to import fuel in sufficient scale to major international retailers. With the opening of the pipeline of the CLC, “gives a signal and increases the attractiveness for these investments will be forthcoming,” said a source from the PUBLIC sector.