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Regulatory Authority approves lower prices for most fuels

Following an increase approved earlier this month, the Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) on Friday authorized a new reduction in the prices of diesel, “Super” gasoline and cooking gas.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported an increase in fuel production at refineries in that country that directly influenced international prices, ARESEP’s Energy’s Administration said Monday.

The price decree already was sent for publication in the official newspaper La Gaceta, meaning new prices could take effect later this week.

The decrease, however, is minimal because international prices represent less than 50 percent of the final price motorists pay here. The remaining part corresponds to taxes and profit margins.

Motorists who use diesel will benefit the most, as they will save ₡22 on each liter. Diesel will drop from ₡500 to ₡478 ($0.93 – $0.89).

The price for Super gasoline will decrease by only ₡1, from ₡601 to ₡600, while “Plus” gasoline will increase by ₡1, from ₡574 to ₡575, due to variations on the other items taken into consideration for the price calculation.

A liter of cooking gas will cost ₡8 less, and the final price will depend on the size of the cylinder.

The increase approved earlier this month was the second this year, following eight consecutive price cuts approved between July 2014 and February 2015.

Contact L. Arias at larias@ticotimes.net

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