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Prices for liquid petroleum gas for Ha’apai, ‘Eua and Niua toputapu is now regulated by the Tonga competent authority

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 19/03/2019

The Tonga Competent authority has approved the regulation of the Prices for Liquid Petroleum Gas for Pangai Ha’apai, ‘Ohonua ‘Eua and Hihifo Niua toputapu – effective as from yesterday.

This is the result of several complaints from Ha’apai and Niuatoputapu on the high prices for LPG compared to those sold in Tongatapu and Vava’u where LPG prices are regulated.

In a press release from the Ministry of Trade & Economic Development it says that only Tongatapu and Vava’u LPG prices were regulated as the Tankers ( LCT) supplying LPG to Tonga are discharged only in Tongatapu and Vava’u.

Therefore, all of the LPG to Ha’apai, ‘Eua and Niuatoputapu are transported by local ferries by either the Home Gas office stationed in Pangai and Ohonua and an Agent in Niuatoputapu or otherwise directly by small operators and individuals from Nuku’alofa.

The Ministry has consulted Operators in these specific islands on the issue. The LPG pricing are carried out on a quarterly basis with the next LPG pricing to be effective on the 18th March, 2019 with the LPG prices for ‘Ohonua, Pangai and Hihifo incorporated.

Acting CEO of the Ministry Tevita Lautaha said this new development will have a huge impact on the prices of LPG to outer islands specifically Panga, ‘Ohonua and Hihifo Niuatoputapu.

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