Cuba announced that it suffers difficulties to import liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) due to the sanctions applied by the United States and can only guarantee the supply to the centers that provide basic services to the population.
A note signed by the state-owned company Cubape Petroleum (Cupet) and the Ministry of Energy and Mines (Miem) states that the inventories currently on the island "do not cover consumption, so there have been effects" on the sale of LPG.
In this regard, it indicates that the measures for the reduction of consumption that will be applied until there is a stable supply "will be informed through the points of sale of liquefied gas and urges the population to adopt measures of" saving and efficient use "of that product.
Cupet and Miem explain that the Cuban company Corporación Panamericana S.A He had contracted the supply of liquefied petroleum gas, but the suppliers refused to make the planned deliveries by the end of December 2019 and the beginning of January.
Remember that during the past year the US Government imposed new and successive sanctions on companies, shipowners, ships and insurance companies, with the objective of preventing the arrival of fuels in Cuba, including Corporación Panamericana S.A, created in the 1990s.
Likewise, they report that, after the sanction of the Pan American Corporation last November, efforts have been made to achieve the supply of liquefied gas from other markets, but "it has not been possible to specify", so the actions to achieve the import "of that product.
On September 11, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel announced that his country was facing a complicated "temporary" energy situation because it had temporarily stopped receiving oil due to US pressure. to the shipping companies to avoid the arrival of fuel to Cuba in retaliation for their support to Venezuela, their main supplier.
This situation particularly affected diesel fuel and in that circumstance the Government of the island established a series of "adjustment and saving measures" that especially impacted public transport services.
To the measures of saving of fuel in the state transport were added then others in the public sector like the reduction of the diesel assigned to organisms and companies, and of the schedules of air conditioning in dependencies attached to the administration.
One month after, Díaz-Canel overcame the most critical phase of the fuel supply crisis and said that Cuba could already cover 62% of its requirements, although it considered that there would still be "tensions" in some sectors.
In recent months, the Washington administration has applied new sanctions against Cuba that have had a severe impact on its economy, in retaliation for the alleged Cuban interference in the Venezuelan crisis and its unconditional support for President Nicolás Maduro.
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