Southern Choice Butane, otherwise known as Zeta Gas, has had to close its Belize branches as it waits to refill its stock from the National Gas Company (NGC). Unfortunately for them, the NGC has not told them when they will start commercial operations. Until then, the management and employees of Zeta Gas cannot continue their operations, since they are unable to import Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). A representative for the company, Ernest Uh, is urging the government to allow them to continue importing LPG.
Ernesto Uh, Representative, Zeta Gas: “We have been informed that this new monopoly is supposed to be giving us a better price for the final consumer. In this view and in the fact that we are out of product and all our branches are currently closed we’re hereby requesting the intervention of the business bureau to assist us in acquiring this information. We have been in operation in the country from November 8 1994 and have twenty six years of experience in the Belizean market. This period has allowed us to know our clientele and to provide quality service to them. Currently we have branches all over Belize and control approximately 30% of the market. Our business philosophy is focused on providing job stability to our collaborators and to provide good working conditions for our employees. At this present time we directly employ fifty persons and indirectly employ three hundred thus benefiting three hundred and fifty families. At this present moment we have that storage capacity and we can provide LPG at a very cheap price. We request the government to allow us to continue to import so that we may supply the 30% of the market that we have been doing over the past years.”