Summary - TST 32

TRANSPORTES, SERVICIOS Y TELECOMUNICACIONES


TST 32
Isabel BARTOLOMÉ RODRÍGUEZ, Mercedes FERNÁNDEZ PARADAS y Darina MARTYKÁNOVÁ
La crisis de la industria del gas en Málaga: del gas de carbón al de nafta (1950-1968)

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Key Words: Gas industry, coal, technological change, competition, Malaga.

[ Abstract ]

This article analyses the crisis of gas manufactured from coal in Malaga between 1950 and 1968. In the last year the figures for production, sales and customers were inferior to those of 1950. The causes of this decline were the following: old installations, expensive and unsuitable coal, over-staffing and poor-quality service. This rendered coal gas increasingly more expensive and non-competitive in comparison to butane gas. Last but not least, the article also analyses the strategies employed to assure the survival of the business, in which the replacement of coal gas with naphtha gas was decisive.