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LPG Suppliers and the National Regulatory Agency in Conflict Over New Rules

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) suppliers and the national regulatory agency are headed for a conflict following the carrying out of the controversial new cooking gas rules.

The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) rejected a request by the Energy Dealers Association (EDA) to have the implementation period of the laws, set to come into effect this month, extended by another six months.

All LPG retailers, wholesalers and transporters according to the petroleum act 2019, it requires them to hold licenses for each business location following the abolishing of the compulsory LPG cylinder exchange pool.

EDA secretary general Kepher Odongo claimed that the implementation of the new rules in January would not be reasonable because not all retailers have been given out with appropriate licenses from EPRA.

He also accused EPRA of double standards claiming that multinational petrol stations dealing in LPG are allowed to operate without the said licenses.

EPRA Director General Pavel Oimeken responded maintaining that there will be no more extension to the transition period. He directed members of the association to obey the provisions of the legal notice as gazetted.

Mr Oimeke said the regulations had provided six months transition period that ended on December 31, 2019.

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Timothy Omondi