National oil company PetroSA said on Thursday that it would convert its mogas molecules to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to assist with South Africa’s acute LPG shortage in the winter months.
Chairperson Dr Benny Mokaba said that the shortage affected the motor industry, as well as its poorest citizens during cold weather conditions.
“In a country such as ours, PetroSA exists to ensure security of supply when market forces fail for whatever reason. It is our fervent hope that our efforts will go a long way towards easing the situation and warming South Africans in these chilly days,” he said.
The decision would result in PetroSA reducing its propane and mogas production by about 1 500 cubes and 2 000 cubes respectively, while increasing LPG production by about 3 000 cubes.