By Myrna Velasco
Due to upswing in global prices, the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will go up by P1.95 per kilogram or a total of P21.45 for the standard 11-kilogram cylinder that is used by most households for cooking.
Many Filipino homes and even commercial establishments, like restaurants, depend largely on LPG for their cooking needs, hence, this is an added blow to family and business budgets this month.
Leading oil industry player Petron Corporation announced that it will increase its LPG prices effective September 1 (Saturday); while the rest of its industry rivals are anticipated to follow.
At the same time, Petron is implementing P1.10 per liter hike on the pump cost of its autoLPG or the fuel used mostly by the public transport sector, generally taxis.
“These reflect the international contract price of LPG for the month of September,” the oil firm has noted in its pricing adjustment advisory to the media.
Another domestic LPG industry player Solane announced price adjustment to be at P1.79 per kilogram, but when adjusted with value added tax (VAT), it will hover at P2.00 per kg.
Asian LPG pricing, including the Philippines, is referenced on Saudi Aramco contract prices which had been up by roughly US$40 per metric ton this September compared to last month.
LPG prices are both benchmarked on the swing of butane and propane prices (the major components of the commodity) as traded in the international market.
For September, it was gathered that the Saudi Aramco-anchored contract prices had been at US$635 per metric ton for butane; and above US$600 per metric ton for propane.
The global LPG market had been viewed by traders as “robust” this month, although China has been experiencing some ‘tightness’ and in need of alternatives for those US tons due to the imposition of higher tariffs by the Trump administration.