By Azania Post Reporter
ABOUT 7 out of 10 LPG cylinders in the Kenyan market are either illegally re-branded, filled illegally, have been tampered with or their contents do not meet stipulated requirements, the Petroleum Institute of East Africa has said.
According to institute’s chairman Polycarp Igathe, , due to the challenge consumers are advised too only purchase their cylinders from petrol stations and authorised dealers who should show their proof of authorisation.
The most reliable method to establish credibility is by obtaining an Electronic Transaction Receipt (ETR) from the point of purchase.
Under Kenyan Legislation, according to Legal Notice (LN) 121 of the Energy Act 2006, any person who wishes to engage in any aspect of the business must be licensed by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC). Any business operating without these licenses is therefore illegal.
The organization said in a statement that it is aware that the Kenyan LPG market is in the grip of illegal operators.
“Unscrupulous operators expose LPG consumers to great risk by stealing gas cylinders from their owners, filling them which is illegal and selling them off as their own”, it said.
This illicit business is carried out in extremely high risk premises that do not meet basic safety requirements. The integrity of cylinders churned out of such premises is highly questionable.
However the organization noted that legitimate oil marketing companies who are listed in the ERC website cannot take responsibility in the event that their stolen cylinders, which are tampered with, filled illegally, illegally re-branded and sold off to innocent consumers cause loss of lives or damage to property.
As professional body for the oil and gas industry in the East African region, PIEA continues to provide a forum for expertise and excellence in the oil industry, promote professionalism and free enterprise in the petroleum business supported by the highest operations and business standards.
The Institute is concerned about the alarming level of malpractices in the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) segment and recent misinformation attributed to various persons being published in sections of the media.