Zimbabwe recorded a spike in the consumption of LP gas in the first quarter of 2021 amid intermittent power supply.
The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (Zera) reports that Zimbabweans used nearly 13 million kg of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LP Gas) in the first three months of the year.
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This was an increase from 11 million kg consumed over the same period last year.
Zera attributes the spike in the consumption levels of LP Gas to the growing appetite for cleaner and cheaper energy among local consumers.
Zimbabwe consumed only 1 million kg of LPG at the beginning of 2016. Speaking to The Sunday Mail, Zera board chair Dr David Madzikanda said:
_The sector has matured over the years as evidenced by the imports and consumption trends in the country._
_The product is used mainly for cooking, heating and lighting. As the regulator, we intend to introduce a raft of new measures to ensure the sector is attractive to investors, safe and conforming to regulations, standards and codes._
Zimbabweans used 4 131 000kg of LP Gas in January, while 3 872 756kg were used in February and 4 995 281kg in May.
Consumption is expected to rise in winter.
Zimbabwe has been having a huge power shortage forcing citizens to turn to alternatives such as solar and LP Gas.
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