The maximum prices for a bottle of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), set by the government, come into force on Tuesday and represent a saving of almost 3.2 euros per bottle of butane weighing 13 kilograms (Kg).
On Friday, the government redefined the maximum prices for bottled gas, as had already happened during the covid-19 pandemic, determining that a 13 kilogram (kg) bottle of butane will have a maximum value of 29, 47 euros, while 12.5 kg bottles will cost up to 28.34 euros, according to figures from the Energy Services Regulatory Authority (ERSE).
In the case of LPG propane T3, the maximum varies between €29.11 per 11 kg bottle and 23.81 kg per 9 kg bottle.
LPG T5 propane cylinders, on the other hand, will cost up to 109.08 euros (45 kg) or 84.84 euros (35 kg).
According to the data sent to Lusa by the Ministry of the Environment, these maximums, taking into account the prices communicated in the first days of August, represent a saving of 3,180 euros per bottle in the case of T3 bottles of 13 kg.
In the case of the T3 cylinder of 11 kg of propane, the saving is 3,258 euros.
Already in the T5 cylinder of 45 kg of propane the saving is 6,206 euros.
The Ministry of Environment and Climate Action recalled on Friday that Law no.
The ERSE is responsible for proposing the fixing of maximum margins on any commercial element entering into the selling price of bottled LPG to the public.
In turn, and after consultation with the Competition Authority, it is up to the Government to exceptionally set the margins.
“In this context and on the basis of the proposal received from the ERSE and the opinion of the Competition Authority, as well as its reasons, for reasons of public interest and in order to ensure the regular operation of the market and consumer protection, the Portuguese government considers that the operationalization of the rules relating to the establishment of the maximum margins and the respective sale price of bottled LPG to the public appears justified, for a limited period (until 31 October 2022),” he pointed out.
In the diploma published in Diário da República, the executive noted that monthly variations are calculated and published on the ERSE website, and that “delivery service charges” can only be added to these maximum prices. when the bottles are purchased by telephone or electronically and made available at a location other than the point of sale.
Supply stations and other points of sale of LPG cylinders must “guarantee the continuous supply” of cylinders, “namely of the types subject to the fixed price”, determined the order signed by the Secretaries of State at the economy, João Neves, and for the environment and energy, João Galamba.