Barbadians now paying more for natural gas

A promised hike in the price of natural gas is now in effect.

In a notice appearing in the press today, the National Petroleum Corporation (NPC) announced it had increased its prices of natural gas to both domestic and commercial customers effective July 6.

For domestic households, the rate will move from $1.48 per cubic metre to $1.70 per cubic metre.

The NPC says the rate increase will also affect the fees associated with obtaining the service. The metre rental fee for domestic customers will move from $3 to $5; deposit on metre testing will move from $5 to $25; the installation fee will increase by $50 from $100 to $150; while the reconnection fee will now $50 up from $25.

In May this year, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had warned that “some kind of rate increase” would be coming to help NPC meet its financial obligations and effectively carry out its mandate.

“We have to take into consideration a debt which it owes to the BNOCL [Barbados National Oil Company Limited], which at present stands in excess of $11 million and its inability too, to service, maintain, replace and or reposition old and unsecure pipeline infrastructure,” the prime minister said, while lamenting that the state-run entity had been forced to function under “crippling revenue circumstances”.

But opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams had warned the Government that is was the wrong time to impose a natural gas hike because too many Barbadians were suffering.

The NPC says the rate increase, the first for domestic customers in 15 years and for commercial customers in 23 years, is a result of rising operational costs, a reduction in the availability of indigenous gas from the local wells and the cost of expansion which has increased significantly over the past years.

NPC adds that it is planned that the long term benefit of this rate increase will redound to the further expansion of the network, as it plans to increase output by the laying of pipes to allow more customers access to natural gas.

21 Responses to Barbadians now paying more for natural gas

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Paying more for everything. Period.

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  2. D Original Sds
    D Original Sds July 9, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    All of these Caribbean leaders just Sucking the Blood of the Poor ppl in the Caribbean to keep them poor so that they will always have to be begging them for something

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  3. Jason Blanche
    Jason Blanche July 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    It needed to be raised have ppl paying 20.00 month in 2017. Madness

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    • Bobby Gilkes
      Bobby Gilkes July 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm

      I coulda agree with you more and ppl gine come and and talk bout not a time like this you could run a cook shop and make hundreds and thousands of dollars and only pay 20 to 30 in bill and a family of 4 or 5 buying bottle gas and got to pay 40 somebody dollars you think thats fair
      ……it want carrying up more

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    • La Reine Kalonji
      La Reine Kalonji July 9, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      If u don’t use it much u want them to pay 100?

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  4. Santini More
    Santini More July 9, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Natural gas has not risen, in many many years so it comes as no surprise that at some point a price rise would come. However the timing is disastrous and comes just when Bajans have been hit hard with steep increases in gasoline and food prices….This Government behaves as if we the public created this economic mess that Barbados languishes in and that we deserve to be punished.

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  5. Milli Watt July 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    suspect these rates will move again before year end based on the complaints and I see already they are none so the increase is slight

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  6. Veronica A. Piggott
    Veronica A. Piggott July 9, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    The good thing is you pay for what you use

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  7. Akeem Thompson
    Akeem Thompson July 9, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    PM has to pay for his new car

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  8. Katrina Busby
    Katrina Busby July 9, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Carl Busby

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  9. Cassandra Bowen
    Cassandra Bowen July 9, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Not a problem at all, they have the best service and when you call day or night someone is on the job to respond just hope that excellent service does not change. I have never turned on the stove and not get quality gas. Kudos to you all at NPC. I agree the timing might not be the best but they are others to blame for that.

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  10. Hunte Omar
    Hunte Omar July 9, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    A very bad time to increase Natural gas when prices in the Supermarkets gone wild and out of order and the public burden with taxes. Could the government be more sensitive to the plight of Barbadians struggling to meet the demands of life resulting from poor management of the economy?

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  11. Jea Alleyne July 9, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Why is Barbados so expensive to live……. This is a developing nation, the developed nations are not as expensive. The number of taxes that exists, the cost of everything rising and its not because it is necessary, its greed and selfishness In the last 10 years the cost of living in Barbados is astronomical and yet the country STILL IN DEBT and going nowhere fast !!

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  12. Dave D. Thompson
    Dave D. Thompson July 9, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    It was low for years but the timing for the increase was bad with the increases in every sector …gov don’t seem to realize how an economy works …#tryingtogetbloodfromstone

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  13. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton July 9, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Chris “for cup ” the island…

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  14. hcalndre July 10, 2017 at 7:18 am

    When you read the comments on some issues from the very people that would be affected you would believe that they don`t live in Barbados or they are beneficiaries. I thought that people would be glad to pay as little as possible on whatever, but not so with the bajan people. If you purchase a bottle of gas for $40 it could last 1 year too, what about that? Since raising taxes is the best way forward, keep doing it Mr. MOF until there is nothing more to tax. I was told by a senior worker who was Italian that when you are tenant don`t think like the landlord.

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  15. Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey
    Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey July 10, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Bajans ALWAYS paying MORE…should be the headline.

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  16. Dean Springer
    Dean Springer July 10, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Natural gas prices have not moved for donkey years.

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  17. Dennis July 10, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Bunch of cry babies. Some of you all were paying less than the price of three banks beers

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  18. hcalndre July 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    @Dennis, where is the connection between raising the price on natural gas and the price of 3 banks beers. You must try drinking some natural gas.

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  19. Destiny July 11, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    If the government want to increase taxes in Barbados i think they shall increase our pay checks then it won’t call for so much suffering in the country.

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