Saturday, January 19, 2013

Cars Need Gas!

Funny thing, no matter where you live, your vehicle probably runs on gasoline. 
Ours does too. 

Corozal has 1 (one) gas station. Located on Sta. Rita Road, the "UNO" gas station is a pristine piece of property, white building with blue trimming. The attendants are decked out in uniforms, they offer full service-window washing too! The local price for gas per gallon is $10.82bze ($5.41USD) as of today's post and is similar across the country. Highway robbery! But when it's the only show in town, you suck it up and pay at the pump.


UNO Gas Station Corozal
Our neighbor to the rescue! Discussing the price of gas and comparing the price in Mexico, $3.21USD/gal (only about 8 miles north of here) to the Belize prices,  he interjected that we could purchase "bucket gas."  Bucket gas? We were intrigued...yes, bucket gas is gas that is purchased in Mexico, brought over the border on a daily basis, sold out of  5 gallon plastic containers, poured into a bucket that can be easily handled and then transferred into the gas tank via a funnel. And the price? $4.20USD/gal - TRUE!



From Container to Bucket


From Bucket Via Funnel To Car



Sorry UNO---we're bucketeers now!!!!

10 comments:

  1. Is this legal? I know that bringing Mexican fruits, veggies, and BEER over the border into Belize are illegal, so it kind of follows....

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    1. We asked ourselves the same question...found out, from another source, there is also "barrel gas" (55 gallon barrels) for those living in remote areas, comparable pricing to bucket gas and it's delivered!

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  2. Seems like a lot of trouble to save a buck. There are only about 50 gas stations in the whole country. Buying local and supporting local should be the mantra, no? It also seems like the potential danger to human life plus the probability of environmental hazards really isn't worth the rist. It matters not whether it is legal or not. Play the game so everybody wins.

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    1. Mother Nature, Thank you for pique-ing my interest. I dug a little deeper and discovered some interesting things:
      UNO gas stations are owned by a Honduran subsidiary (Unopetrol) of a French company (Terra Group/Grupo Terra) who bought the rights to Belize's: Chevron, Texaco and Shell licenses. Terra Group is also the group responsible for at least 3 wells in the current prospective oil drilling of NW Belize.
      According to a 7NewsBelize article from 9/2012, "Unopetrol...buys fuel from itself..sell it at the pump and pockets both dealers' margin and wholesalers' margin..gas station managers get a commission per gallon sold..'it's a smaller pot for those running the gas station' "
      PUMA gas stations are owned by Puma from Geneva, Switzerland, who bought the rights to Belize's Esso license and are the importers of Venezuelan fuel (via the Petrocaribe agreement) since 9/2012.
      If, and/or when, Belize can independently supply it's own oil products, then it will truly be 100% local. Currently, the gas purchased at stations, or via buckets, is imported through a local entrepreneur.

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    2. Babs hello. I am John T. Skaw and currently reside in Las Vegas, NV. I am hoping to become a resident of Belize in the near future and gasoline was one of the pressing points for me. It appears to me that you are pretty knowledgable about the fuel situation in Belize and I would like to talk to further, I would prefer not in an open forum like this. I strongly believe that there is a way for Belize to become self sustaining in two major areas that they are having difficulty with. Please respond when you can, I can be reached at jsskawboyz@aol.com put Belize Petro in the subject line so I don't mistakenly delete it, look forward to talking soon.

      John T. Skaw

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  3. Babs,
    Here is another question for you - does the station have diesel fuel and if so, at what cost? We have a diesel truck that we would consider bringing into the country although since its a crew cab dually maybe be a bit large for most roads.... Do you see many dually trucks there?
    Laurie
    The Cruisin Camper

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    1. Laurie--mission accomplished...the UNO price for diesel is $10.93bzd/gallon ($5.47USD). Diesel is available at all gas stations within Belize. As for the duelly trucks--they are few and far between. Our biggest insight into these would be the difficulty of maneuvering within the towns--the streets are narrow to begin with and parking can be on both sides of the street. On the 3 major highways there should be no problem.

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  4. Babs - That is some great research! I totally support helping the locals as much as we can, so, knowing these stats changes things somewhat. It is such a shame that these big outside companies make deals with the GOB and the local people live in abject poverty. What can we do? Surely, surely some of the people working in GOB aren't totally corrupt. Learned helplessness is the hardest to reverse.

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    1. Mother Nature, I was surprised at what I found as well! It will be difficult for Jose Doe-Belize to fight an up hill battle when the "system" is set up to promote corruption on many levels.

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    2. I would like to ask anyone who has knowledge of the fuel situation in Belize to please e-mail me, no matter how big or small it will help me to try and help Belize become self sufficient with and environmentally conscious. I can be reached at jsskawboyz@aol.com please put Belize Petro in the subject line so I don't delete it on accident. Thank you for help in advance. John T.

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