It should have been a great plan and so far it’s been working, but this week the supply line has been cut. The reason is that the gas isn’t piped anywhere close to Lima, but is moved to the coast at Pisco (250km South of Lima), loaded onto cargo ships and then shipped to the Callao port just North of Lima for distribution. As the last week or so has seen rougher seas than normal, the upshot is that a single large cargo ship hasn’t been able to hook up to the supply pipes and then steam up North.
I mean…WTF!!! It’s suddenly occurred to Peruvians that……that…..The Pacific Ocean has big waves every now and again! And because of that, the limited amount of LNG in Lima right now is being dedicated to home and building use, so all the taxis in a city of eight million people that have converted to LNG (and that’s a solid percentage of the cars, people) are sitting at home, doing nothing. Meanwhile, people who need those taxis to do their normal daily doings are fighting for normally fueled cars that have hiked their prices.
This kind of shit is so typical of South America (not just Peru). A plan is put together, no risk analysis is ever performed, no weak links in the chain ever identified and when the obvious thing goes wrong the whole shebang just grinds to a halt. Remember earlier this year when half of Cuzco’s hotels were emptied because Macchu Pichu was off limits because of a landslide that affected a bit of railtrack? Same thing.
- Nobody thought of a separate pipeline to directly supply the country’s capital.
- Nobody ever took into account possible rough seas and built loading facilities to take care of that eventuality.
Rant over. Thank you for your patience.