Replacement of electric gas cookers would cost millions
The President, Rafael Correa, in his Saturday broadcast announced that by 2015 it would start selling subsidized induction cookers.
Following this, companies Induglub, Mabe, Fibro Acero and Ecasa are participating in the government project to replace over 3 million gas stoves, whose energy is subsidized, by induction within three or four years.
Mario Espinosa, Ecasa manager, estimated that it would be needed an investment of about $ 15 million, adding that they are already developing stoves of 2, 3 and 4 burners. “It has been discussed with the Government (on) that there are 3.5 million gas cookers in the country and that is the goal to replace more or less,” said Espinosa.
Diego Malo, manager Fibro Acero, said kitchens have several prototypes with the idea of incorporating the national component. “For the remainder of 2013 and 2014 and will be fully prepared,” he said.
While the company Mabe is evaluating the issue. Its leader, Roberto Jouvin, said they are interested in participating in the government initiative and that “they could have a definitive answer in the course of the year as part of the plan to develop part of the product and import it somewhere else,” he added.
According to Juan Pablo Vela, Induglob manager, the Indurama brand manufacturer, is developing a work plan by Appliances Association of Ecuador (ALBE) to submit to the Ministry of Industries and Productivity (MIPRO) regarding the concerns of the manufacturers.
Next Thursday, August 8, a meeting between representatives of the manufacturers and regime members will be carried out.