There is some good news for a change, as long as you live in Spain.
From tomorrow, April 1st, the retail price for a bombona (cylinder) of Butano gas will be lowered from 13,50 € to 10,50 €. The new price tag represents the largest price reduction in some 15 years. You may suspect that I am having you on, on account it being April 1st (April Fool’s Day) tomorrow. But no, you can trust me. April 1st is not a day when pranks are played out in Spain. Pranks in Spain are carried out on the Día de los Inocentes (December 28th).
Butano is calculated in Spain on the basis of the price of crude oil, the cost of transport and the exchange rate Euro versus Dollar. After all the price increases over the last few years, we are now finally being given the benefit of the lower price of crude oil and the favourable exchange rate. Hurray.
For those of you interested in the technical details: A 10 kg bottle of Butano gas contains approximately 4 m³ of butane gas. Butane gas has a heating capacity of 28.000 kcal/m³, which amounts to about 112.000 kcal per bombona cylinder.
The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: July 13th, 2007. The time was 07:59:24.