LPG Price Variance ???

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 00:23
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Hi all,

Does anyone have a rational explantion/reason for the huge variation in LPG prices between the city and country - eg Perth about 41 c/litre and Kununurra up the top end of WA 82 c/litre.............. and I think the stuff is shipped into Wyndham only 100 kms away!

If this is just retaillers setting their own prices ... then I am ready to start stirring the pot. The huge difference cannot be justified by 'transport costs' or the 'higher cost of living' outside the major centres.

Regards

Grumblebum
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Reply By: David Au - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 00:31

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 00:31
Yip is damn crook.
Bottled LPG is even worse and a massive roort and gouging exercise.
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Reply By: Member - muzzgit - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 01:26

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 01:26
That is the very reason I got a 3.0 turbo diesel and dumped my FJ60 on gas !
At anything above 70 cents a litre for LPG, it's cheaper to just run the bugger on petrol. The amount of LPG used to go 300 klm is insane when you pay that much for it.

Part (not all) of the reason for the expence is the fact that very few people buy LPG up there, compared to petrol or diesel.

And lets face it, these people are there to make money, not friends.

If they're not allowed to make a profit, then they may as well turn off the lights and go home !
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Follow Up By: Grumpybum - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:37

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:37
Hi Muzzgit,

I agree re the 2.5 to 3.0L turbo diesels excellent motors. unfortunately I will be dragging about 3 tonne(+) of off-road caravan and any 3L jobbies just wont hack it. I will tow on petrol (4.5L LC) which is cheaper than diesels these days - certainly out here anyway.

I think the fuel companies are cottoning onto the shift to diesels hence the price increases. I think the trend will continue.

Cheers John
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 07:35

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 07:35
Its just a big rip off i feel. I can understand there are high transport costs because when the transport diesel and petrol they may do lots of stations in different towns along the way, and as lpg is not available everywhere it would cost more to transport. But double the price???? You just need to do your sums. I will continue to run a dual fuel car at the moment because a good 80-90% of my driving is in the city where lpg is in the 35-45c bracket. I can run around at better than $10/100km.I am still way in front imo when i go away and have to spend more on petrol and lpg(where i can get it) over the 12 month period. If you do lots of outback or country driving change to a diesel.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 08:25

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 08:25
"Perth about 41 c/litre and Kununurra up the top end of WA 82 c/litre"

WHOA!!!!

Time to start bottling our own farts I think.

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Grumpybum - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:28

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:28
That was useful! - Unfortunately they are not 'liquid'!
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Follow Up By: CruiserHead - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:56

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:56
Yours might now be .... ;-)
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Follow Up By: CruiserHead - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:07

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:07
ooops, NOT be, it was supposed to read!
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Reply By: Cabbage - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 09:46

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 09:46
G'Day,
If you think it might make a difference get stuck into the ALPGA, this is the national body that theoretically looks after LPG industry but while petrol companies control the sale and distribution of this stuff I dont think you have much chance of changing things.Maybe buy your own tanker and cart LPG up to the NW. 50.000 litres @ 40CPL = $20,000 which is not too bad to go to Pt Hedland or Broome eh!!!! Probably the reason fuel companies have the biggest and flashest trucks!

Leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photos
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Follow Up By: Grumpybum - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:26

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:26
G'day Cabbage,
Thanks for that. Didn't know about the ALPGA........ though it would probably come to light following more research.

Me thinks that unless a large body of people start making things uncomfortable for the industry then nothing will change. I think I will start with the Minister for Fair Trading - Section 51 0f the Act (haven't looked at it for a while - but it's somewhere around section 51) as there is an Election coming up shortly in WA.

Thanks for your input.

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Reply By: Dean (SA) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 12:33

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 12:33
Havent got a clue. Ive used lpg on different cars over the last 20 years. It used to be about a third off the price of ulp, now its about half, whats changed.
Dean
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Reply By: floyd - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 13:05

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 13:05
Wouldnt have a clue.

Melbourn prices yesterday:

lowest 33 cents
Highets 49.9 cents
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Follow Up By: Grumpybum - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:31

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 16:31
Wow! at 33 cents/litre I would happily drive all day - but then who wants to drive in the city!

It was good to hear how low it can get - thanks

John
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Reply By: CruiserHead - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:11

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 17:11
In Adelaide at the moment it ranges from about 39.9c/l (minus 4c sometimes) on Wednesday afternoon to 54.9c/l on Saturday mornings. Now, tell me how the gas price can increase by that much during the week? I filled up at woolies for 35.9c/l last week, gotta be happy about that!

CH
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Reply By: Member - Clive G (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 23:51

Wednesday, Feb 09, 2005 at 23:51
Think about it,,

Prices at their highest Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, being Thursday and Friday pay days and pension days and Saturdays, everyone going for a drive. Come back to Monday everyone back to work, prices come down.

Clive
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Reply By: Gus77 - Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 16:42

Thursday, Feb 10, 2005 at 16:42
I recently sold my dual fj60 cause of the price of gas. I can remember 2 years ago filling up all the time for about 25 cents and litre! Now its double that...
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