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PM to discuss LPG price rise proposal with EC

Caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will talk with the Election Commission about a proposal to raise the LPG price in the transport sector to the same level as the household consumption price, Energy Policy and Planning Office director Samerjai Suksumek said yesterday.

Samerjai said that during a meeting of ministry permanent secretaries chaired by Yingluck on April 30, Energy Ministry deputy permanent secretary Kurujit Nakornthap raised the urgent need to increase the LPG price to prevent smuggling.

The government increased the LPG price for households by Bt.50 per month for 12 months from September last year.

LPG for household consumption is Bt21.63 per kilogram while LPG in the transport sector is Bt21.38 per kg.

With the price difference, there was the chance of LPG for household consumption being smuggled, Samerjai said.

The ministry also urged Yingluck to expedite construction of a power plant to replace the Mae Moh power unit 4-7, which has a capacity of 600 megawatts, to ensure power stability. The project has failed to get off the ground, as it needs approval from a new government, he said.

Samerjai said Yingluck ordered the ministry to consult with the Council of State to find ways to get these two issues solved.

He said she would talk to the Election Commission on May 20 to find out if the caretaker Cabinet could resolve the issues.


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