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Mains gas goes up in April for 1.7 million households
MAINS gas is set to go up in in price by 2% this month, affecting over 1.7 million households in Spain.
The standing charge will remain the same, but the cost of fuel itself will rise due to a 5.9% hike in the price of the raw material, in line with increases in crude oil.
State-controlled mains gas prices only are affected – the other six million households in Spain which use this commodity are supplied by private-sector distributors who rent their slice of the network from the government provider and are free to set their own tariffs.
Prices for the so-called TUR mains gas – dubbed the 'last-resort tariff', or the non-retail State supply – fall into two categories, those of TUR-1 covering mostly cooking and hot water, and TUR-2 for domestic customers who also use gas for heating.
TUR-1 rates are set to rise in April by 1.54%, or a typical 26 cents extra on the monthly bill.
For TUR-2, the increase is 2.04%, or an additional 96 cents per bill.
On average, the price hike comes to 1.87%.
Standing charges have been frozen for the fourth year running, and as yet the ministry of industry – which sets the prices for these and the cost of fuel used – has not hinted at any imminent rise.
According to the ministry, mains gas for domestic consumers remains 8% lower than in 2015.
The mains gas network is still in its infancy in Spain, only having been rolled out in specific built-up areas and continues to be unavailable even in large swathes of densely-populated regions.
In the latter, gas is mostly used for cooking or for portable heating stoves, and comes in orange or silver butane bottles bought either direct from the distributor on contract or freely from petrol stations.
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