A little tale from 2020 South Africa.
A bit detailed but i had to share.
The Department of Energy approached that gas sector to ask us if we could double our capacity over five years. The idea is/was to lighten the load on Eskom while reducing carbon footprint through minimising cooking with electric stoves. Brazil did this brilliantly with a current LPG penetration to market of 97%. Up from 10% less than twenty years ago.
Having been given less than a week to chuck together a presentation, the result was as follows...
We could double capacity well within the required timeframe - 4% penetration up to 8%.
We require no financial assistance from the government.
We requested only stricter oversight and enforcement of by-laws by police and the labour department. Illegal operations being a financial and safety burden on the industry.
From the minister of energy...
Sat through the entire presentation without asking a single question.
Stood up the end and said...The gas industry needs to grow up and stop being crybabies. The government will not assist in any way, shape or form. "If the gas industry does achieve the proposed growth I will personally see to it that it is destroyed."
On a side note. He complained that too much LPG was being imported. Claiming it's unacceptable and robbing locals of profit.
The hilarious thing is that LPG comes from petroleum plants and is a by-product of petrol production. Every last drop of LPG produced in SA is used in SA but it doesn't satisfy current demand. Even at a relatively low current penetration to market. Importation is the only means to satisfy present demand...nevermind when demand doubles.
Two firms have recently built two separate docs to pump LPG from ships to overland freight cylinders. One is in Richard's Bay and another further south. Building ten of these docs is more cost-effective than building a single petrol plant. This is before the requisite labour force is even considered. One would think the genius ANC barnyard animal would be aware of this. Apparently not.
So our "minister" of energy requires that unfunded bodies build petroleum plants...fucking petroleum plants??????!!!!!!
...or be destroyed.
And yes, the parasite arrived in a Range Rover.
One wonedrs if his secretary informed him that the moment he walked out the entire room burst into laughter.