Price of gas goes down —MUCHO


As we head into the holiday season, gasoline prices in American Samoa are going down, while the wholesale price of all other petroleum products will increase. The new maximum allowable price (MAP), or wholesale price of petroleum products is being released tomorrow by the Office of Petroleum Management (OPM).

The new MAP will have gasoline at $3.73 per gallon, a decrease of 15 cents per gallon, said Kava, which means the new retail price for gasoline goes down as well. As of yesterday the average gasoline price was about $4.30 per gallon in the territory.

The average price in Hawai'i yesterday was $4.11 per gallon, while the national average was at $3.32, according to the website, hawaiigasprices.com. A barrel of crude oil was $98.72 .

"Traditionally, holidays means more vehicles on the road in American Samoa and so fuel consumption goes up," said Sione Kava, the petroleum officer with OPM.

As such, he continues to provide consumers with suggestions to help keep spending down on gasoline, which is further helped with the lower gasoline price: "don't drive if you can walk; car pool when you can; cut down on use of the car's air conditioner" - and "please... turn off the air conditioner if the vehicle is not moving."

Another suggestion: "set up miles for yourself and especially for your kids. For example, from my garage to the parking lot at work is about 8 miles, so that is a 16 mile round trip. Five days a week ... that's 80 miles. Add four miles to church and back each Sunday and ten miles ‘for other purposes'. That's a total of 94 miles a week and I'll be nice to myself and set it at 100 miles per week. Total actual miles can be worked out over time", said Kava.

"The point here is that when I hit the 100 mile mark, I park the vehicle. I'll drive conservatively so that I do not have to park the truck before the end of my need to get somewhere," he said. "Some people need to learn how to conserve gas."

And finally, "drivers speed up just for fun but the less acceleration, the less use of fuel," he added. "So drive safely, less often and carefully when you do."

Meanwhile, increases in all other petroleum products, has the new MAP revealing a six cent per gallon hike in jet fuel and kerosene- these two products go to $3.90 per gallon, said Kava

The new MAP has road diesel at $4.16 per gallon; boilers/generators (used by the Tafuna Power plant) at $3.85 per gallon; commercial fishing vessel at $3.63 per gallon and other marine diesel at $3.76 - an increase of $0.107 per gallon, said Kava.

Regarding the Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD), which is used for the eleven new generators at the American Samoa Power Authority's temporary power generation system (TPGS) in Satala, the new MAP for boilers/generators is $3.89 per gallon while ULSD road diesel is $4.20 per gallon - also an increase of $0.107 per gallon.

(Consumers should expect a slight increase in electricity bills for the month of December, which will be reflected in the February bill.)


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