The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) has revoked interchange of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cylinders among different brands.
EPRA, in association with the Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA), on Tuesday reversed the interchange system that came into effect in 2010, in order to ensure safety measures are followed when refilling gas cylinders.
Speaking during the unveiling of the new LPG regulations in Nairobi, EPRA Director General Pavel Oimeke said that the ban will restore safety to the LPG market hence protecting brand owners by cutting down opportunities for illegal refilling, illegal re-branding and counterfeiting of gas cylinders.
“The mandatory interchange of LPG cylinders has seen brands lose track of 90% of the cylinders they had invested in, stalling investment in further cylinders, and seeing legal checks set aside as nameless re-fillers resold cylinders but could not be made accountable for safety breaches,” Oimeke said.
Oimeke added that LPG brands will now be responsible for guaranteeing the safety of every cylinder by only ensuring swapping of cylinders for the new ones through their branded retail points.
Source: Business Today