El Salvador: $70,000 Fine for Gas Company

The Superintendency of Competition in has sanctioned Total El Salvador with a fine of $69,314 for filing incomplete information in an investigation into the liquefied gas market.

Friday, April 27, 2012

A statement from the Superintendency of Competition (SC) reads:

The Superintendency of Competition (SC) has fined the company Total El Salvador, S. A. de CV $69,314 for filing incomplete information in a case that the institution has been investigating in the market for liquefied petroleum gas.

The Board of the SC imposed on the Total gas plant a fine of $69,314.60 for filing the required information in an incomplete format during a process of prior actions that the institution imposed on the company.

In the case, which began officially in March 2011, investigations were made into alleged problems regarding propane gas sales that occurred from the elimination of subsidies. In the investigation, the SC also asked other for economic information and documentation necessary to understand the functioning of the import chain, production and distribution of liquefied petroleum gas.

Having provided incomplete information, the Board ruled that Total El Salvador, S. A. C. V. had committed an administrative offense as defined in article 38 paragraph 6 of the Competition Act (LC), which penalizes the failure to provide the necessary assistance or make an incomplete or inaccurate information, whether intentionally or negligently.

"The timely cooperation of operators is very important so that the characteristics of the market can be understood and failures which may be affecting competition can be corrected," said the Superintendent of Competition, Francisco Diaz Rodriguez.



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