Fluctuation in propane gas prices
The Yemen Gas Company states on its website that the official price of a single propane gas cylinder is YR 1, 200 (about 5.5 USD), however, city residents told the Yemen Times that a cylinder costs them YR 1,400-1,500, while people in rural areas said that they are charged YR 2,000.
Locals in Aden governorate said that they get their cooking gas from street vendors with a cylinder selling for between YR 1,500 and YR 1,800. A local of Taiz told the Yemen Times that he recently bought a cylinder for YR 2,000, while in Hadramout governorate people can buy one for YR 1,400.
Yemenis call for the unity government to lower the price of cooking gas and to provide people with basic services. Many Yemenis are optimistic about the new unity government and expect that it will reconsider the price of cooking gas and fuel.
In previous months, Yemen witnessed a serious shortage in the availability of cooking gas. Gas cylinders could only be obtained on the black market and the price of a cylinder reached YR 5, 000. In reaction, many Yemenis held rallies and protests calling for the price of cooking gas to be reduced. Some protesters blocked their streets in protest of the shortage.
Economists have indicated that providing people with cooking gas at a reasonable price is a high priority in Yemenis. Chairman of the Studies and Economic Media Center, Mustafa Nasr, told the Yemen Times that he considers the Yemen Gas Company and the Oil Ministry responsible for lack of cooking gas, the fluctuation in the prices and the flourishing black market in gas.
"It's one of the complicated problems that Yemen is facing," he said, and called for the Oil Ministry and Yemen Gas Company to provide people with the sufficient supply of cooking gas.