Kenya energy regulator on Tuesday announced new stringent measures to curb the growing number of substandard liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders sold to Kenyans across the country.
Pavel Oimeke, director general of the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) said the new regulations will introduce legal checks to close down opportunities for illegal refilling, illegal rebranding and counterfeiting of the cylinders to guarantee safety precautions for gas consumers.
“The EPRA will no longer tolerate any gas cylinder that has not been properly checked between refills and is not fully labeled for safety and traceability,” said Oimeke.
He warned illegal dealers of gas cylinders saying that it will no longer be mandatory for LPG retailers to swap any brand of cylinders.
He said that EPRA, which is mandated to regulate generation, importation, exportation, transmission, distribution, supply and usage of electrical energy, was in the process of licensing gas LPG refillers across the country to further help streamline the new rules.
Under the new guidelines, LPG brands will now be responsible for guaranteeing the safety of every cylinder.
“Consumers will only be allowed to swap their cylinders for new ones through branded retail points, the brands must also add safety instructions onto each cylinder, including guides on what to do if the consumers smell gas leak among other instructions,” said the director.
Oimeke said the authority will start the process of recalling defective cylinders that have been untraceable for years and warned cylinder distributors against release of bulk LPG cylinders to unlicensed facilities saying that it will attract stern legal penalties for such dealers. Enditem